Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox charged Friends Who Care, Oak Park, Mich., with 35 counts of Medicaid fraud and, in a separate civil suit, is seeking restitution of $895,000 and more than $3.5 million in penalties and triple damages. At deadline, officials of the Detroit-area home health organization could not be reached for comment. Friends Who Care operates 11 offices in southern and central Michigan. Citing a state audit, Cox charged that the company billed the state Medicaid program $750,00 for undocumented services and $145,000 for undocumented mileage expenses. Michigan is the latest state to ramp up healthcare fraud enforcement. -- by Mark Taylor
Mich. charges home-care firm with Medicaid fraud
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