The owner of an Orlando home health care company and an employee are facing charges of defrauding Medicaid. Neil Tormon is accused of falsely billing Medicaid for services that were not provided to clientele. This fraud netted approximately $38,000 from Medicaid.
One former client reportedly told authorities that a certified nurse was only sent to her home for less than half the time she had been approved for this level of care. When the nurse was not there, that client’s elderly mother would take over the responsibility of caring for her. Yet, the Orlando home health care company charged for full services, even though they were not provided.
An employee at the company, Care Options, was permitted to bill Medicaid for services provided during a two-week period of time in which she was actually on vacation. Neil Tormon was also alleged to have permitted other employees to bill Medicaid for services provided to relatives, which violates state law.
As reported in the Orlando Sentinel, in the blog, Owner of Orlando home health care business arrested in Medicaid fraud, investigators say, written by Tess Sheets:
“After interviews with former patients and employees and a review of the business’ records, investigators said Neil Tormon, a certified respiratory therapist and the owner of Care Options Homecare Service in the 12000 block of Lake Underhill Road, falsely billed Medicaid for services not provided to patients. He also allowed unauthorized employees and sometimes unqualified people to provide care, according to the affidavit.
The investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit began in June, after an employee at the business suspected fraud and reported it to the Medicaid hotline after quitting, officials said in the affidavit.”
Even when one employee discovered that it was against state law to do so, Neil Tormon continued to authorize this type of billing, advising the employee to change the name on the form and list a fake employee instead. Tormon was charged with obtaining property by fraud that’s more than $20,000 but less than $50,000 and Medicaid fraud. He was released on bond through the Orange County Jail the Monday before Thanksgiving.
It is unclear whether Mr. Tormon had obtained legal counsel yet or what charges his employee is facing for also attempting to defraud Medicaid for those two weeks while on vacation. It is also unclear whether other employees at the company will be facing charges for billing Medicaid for services provided to relatives.