Washington County man indicted on charges of attempting to defraud Maryland Medicaid program

July 31, 2013

A grand jury has indicted a Washington County man on charges of attempting to defraud the Maryland Medicaid program, the state Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday.

The Charles County grand jury indicted Scott Colver, 48, of Spring Creek Road near Hagerstown on six counts of felony Medicaid fraud, five counts of felony theft and one count of a felony theft scheme, according to a news release from the attorney general’s office.

The indictment alleges that from 2004 to 2005, Colver made false representations and attempted to defraud the Maryland Medicaid program in connection with nursing home expenses, the release said.

In addition, it alleges Colver committed theft from the Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Berlin, Md., according to the release.

Although Berlin is located in Worcester County, Colver was indicted in Charles County because he lived there when the alleged crimes occurred, the attorney general’s office said.

Conviction on a charge of felony Medicaid fraud is punishable by up to five years incarceration and a $100,000 fine, the release said.

In 2004 and 2005 the felony theft (more than $500) statute provided for a maximum possible sentence of 15 years incarceration and up to a $25,000 fine.

Medicaid is a health care program for families and children and certain other individuals who qualify based on income levels, disability and other circumstances.

The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the attorney general’s office with assistance from the Maryland State Police, the release said.

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