AG MARSHALL ANNOUNCES CONVICTION OF OWNER OF JEFFERSON COUNTY COUNSELING SERVICE FOR MEDICAID FRAUD AND THEFT
released on April 21, 2017
found in newsletter: April 2017
(MONTGOMERY)–Attorney General Steven T. Marshall announced the conviction of Victor Paul Williams, 59, of Leeds, for filing false claims with the Alabama Medicaid Agency and theft of property in the first degree. Williams was found guilty today by a jury in Montgomery County Circuit following a two-day trial before Circuit Judge Greg Griffin.
The case was referred to The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) by the Alabama Medicaid Agency’s Program Integrity Division, after an audit revealed discrepancies in Williams’ billing.
The MFCU’s investigation found that Williams had submitted numerous false claims to the Medicaid Agency. The Unit presented the results of its investigation to a Montgomery County grand jury in July 2015, resulting in Williams’ indictment.
Evidence presented at trial established that Williams perpetrated a scheme to bill the Alabama Medicaid Agency more than $40,000 for counseling services that were never provided, and then attempted to conceal the fraud by manipulating treatment records. Williams had several contractors providing the actual services; however, he was billing for far more services than these individuals were actually performing. When confronted with the discrepancies, Williams attempted to manufacture paperwork to support the billings.
“This defendant not only defrauded and stole from the State of Alabama, but also from those who depend on the Medicaid Agency for necessary care,” said Attorney General Marshall. “Fortunately, the vigilance of the Medicaid Agency’s Program Integrity Division led to his crimes being uncovered. I am also pleased that the steadfast work by my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit resulted in the successful prosecution of this case.”
Williams has two previous felony convictions. Under the Alabama Habitual Offender Act, he faces a possible sentence of up to five years imprisonment for the Medicaid fraud conviction and 15 to 99 years or life imprisonment for the theft of property first degree conviction. Sentencing is set for May 31.
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