Ohio couple to admit Medicaid fraud in nationwide sweep

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal court documents say a central Ohio couple who ran a home-health-care agency plan to plead guilty in a Medicaid fraud scheme after authorities say they used $1 million in bogus claims to buy a high-end home.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/28Rz6UE ) Riyad Altallaa and Muna Alnoubani each agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced a nationwide takedown of Medicare fraud suspects on Wednesday. Authorities uncovered about $900 million in fraud.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the Hilliard-area couple ran Columbus Home Health Care Services. Investigators say they falsified home-health aides’ training records, forged time reports and charged Medicaid for services they never provided.

Defense attorney Steven Nolder says his clients look forward to “putting everything behind them.”


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com