Buffalo Health Care Provider Indicted for Fraud

A Wyoming Medicaid provider from Buffalo has been indicted for health care fraud by a federal grand jury.

Beverly Kenik, providing services through her business, Mountain Home Consulting, was indicted in the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming on one count of federal health care fraud.

She's alleged to have billed Wyoming Medicaid more than $4,000 for services she did not provide to a developmentally disabled child. She faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, if convicted, and fine of a quarter of a million dollars. The information was released Tuesday, by the office of Wyoming Attorney General Peter K. Michael.

Upon further investigation of court documents, Sheridan Media discovered that the grand jury charges that Kenik knowingly and willfully executed and attempted to execute a scheme to defraud Wyoming Medicaid, a health care benefit program as defined in Title 18 of the United States Code. According to the indictment, the charge is in connection with the delivery of health care benefits, items and services over a seven month period, from January to August, of 2009-10. The document alleges that Kenik falsely billed the state Medicaid program for case management services for the Medicaid client, for services she well knew she had not performed.

Kenik's pleaded not guilty to the charge and a jury trial date has been set for April 21 in Casper. The trial's set to start that morning, at 9, at the federal courthouse on South Wolcott.

The case was investigated by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Attorney General for Wyoming and is based on referrals from Wyoming Medicaid, which is part of the Wyoming Department of Health. The Wyoming Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates and prosecutes financial fraud by those providing healthcare services or goods to Medicaid patients. The unit also investigates and prosecutes instances of elder abuse or neglect.

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