Santa Fe couple found guilty of Medicaid fraud

Posted: January 17, 2012 in Uncategorized
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The following is a news release from the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office (more specifically, the office’s Medicaid Fraud and Elder Abuse Division):

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King’s Medicaid Fraud and Elder Abuse Division reports today Catherine and Joseph Hernandez of Santa Fe have been found guilty by a Santa Fe County jury of Medicaid Fraud and Falsification of Documents.

Catherine Hernandez has been found guilty of Medicaid Fraud, counts 1,2 and 3 and Falsification of Documents, counts 4, 5 and 6. She could face 9 years in prison and repayment up to $55,000. Joseph Hernandez has been found guilty of one count each, Medicaid Fraud and Falsification of Documents. He faces a possible prison sentence of up to three years and potential repayment up to $7,000.

The crimes committed occurred between April 2006 and February 2010.

Sentencing will take place on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM in District Court Judge Michael Vigil’s courtroom.  The Honorable Judge Vigil did not require a pre-sentencing report though he instructed both prosecution and defense attorneys to be prepared to argue restitution at the hearing next month.

The Medicaid Fraud and Elder Abuse Division of the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is the federally mandated Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for the State. It enforces the Medicaid Fraud Act, and the Resident Abuse and Neglect Act. The Division investigates and prosecutes Medicaid providers who commit fraud and/or resident abuse, neglect and exploitation in long-term care facilities.

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