Mother and son convicted in Medicaid fraud case

Mom gets community control for felony; son gets punished for misdemeanor
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jan 29, 2013

 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the convictions of a mother and son in connection to a case of Medicaid fraud.

A judge sentenced Joyce Balin Fried, of Beachwood, to two years of community control, with a suspended sentence of one year, on a felony charge of Medicaid fraud. Her son, Harold Fantl was convicted and sentenced last month on a misdemeanor charge of falsification.

According to investigators with the Attorney General's Health Care Fraud Section, Fried and Fantl worked together to defraud the state of more than $80,000 by improperly charging Medicaid for hearing aid repairs and services.

"Medicaid fraud cases are a big concern, and this case is especially distressing," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

This is Fried's second Medicaid-related conviction.

In 2010, Fried was convicted of felony theft after billing Medicaid for hearing aid batteries that were not provided.  She was sentenced to pay the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) $35,000 in restitution and her Medicaid agreement was revoked.

Less than a month after her conviction, investigators found that a new hearing aid company, Fantl Hearing, LLC., was opened using her son's Medicaid provider agreement. Investigators found, however, that Fried was the actual owner and operator of the company, and therefore profiting by circumventing her exclusion from the Medicaid program.

As part of a plea agreement, Fried and her son repaid Medicaid $83,731 and paid the Ohio Attorney General's Office $9,134 in investigative costs. Fantl was also given a 90-day suspended sentence.

Comments

rickross2

Second Felony charge = no prison??? Must have had a Huron County Judge visiting!

Simple Enough II

Something really stinks here!

mikel

wtf!

jack langhals

One law firm alone, recovered 8.5 billion dollars worth of fraud .This isn't really exciting !

starryeyes83

It's too bad they don't break the figures down county by county in the State of Ohio.

jack langhals

From what I can find,Ohio,KY,CA,and NY are the greatest but have recovered 1.8 Billion.Fla,has 481 companies billing for Medicaid charges and the companies don't exist,millions !

Contango

Say it ain't so!

Medicare and Medicaid have been estimated to have $60B annually in waste, fraud and abuse.

Just raise taxes to cover the deficiency.

The govt. jamokes tell us that it's more efficient than the private sector. Right…

Brock Lee

ban health care lol