OKLAHOMA CITY – Owners of an Oklahoma City diabetic supply company have been charged with 115 counts of Medicaid fraud.
An indictment shows Eunja Vasquez, 55, and Lawrence Vasquez, 61, owners of Mercy Diabetic Supply, Inc., not affiliated with Mercy health system, are accused of falsifying Medicaid claims to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority for insulin pump supplies for patients who didn’t use insulin pumps for treating their diabetes.
Additionally, officials with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office say some of the claims were filed for patients who didn’t have diabetes.
An insulin pump is a medical device used to administer insulin in treating diabetes.
It is also alleged that the couple falsified medial forms and forged physician signatures as part of their operation.
Attorney General Hunter’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated the case and brought the charges to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
“I commend the attorneys and investigators in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, who worked tirelessly on this case,” Attorney General Hunter said. “Our office remains committed to fighting fraud, waste and abuse of the state’s Medicaid program that helps vulnerable Oklahomans. I appreciate U.S. Attorney Mark Yancey and his team for taking this case.”
If convicted, the Vasquezes could each be imprisoned for a maximum of ten years on each count and three years of probation following their release.
The two could also be fined up to $250,000 on each count, including mandatory restitution.