$1.8-million Payback Part of Federal Sentence
August 9, 2013 — A Hammond woman has a prison term and an $1.8-million restitution sentence to pay for years of Medicaid fraud.
The United States Attorney’s Office in Hammond says 46-year-old Phyllis Lark was doing business as Absolute Care, before she was sentenced by District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 37 months federal imprisonment and $1,863,585.92 in restitution to the Indiana Medicaid program.
He also sentenced Lark to three years of supervised release after she pleaded “guilty” to the felony offense of submitting fraudulent claims to Indiana Medicaid.
U.S. Attorney David Capp’s office says that according to federal documents, “Absolute Care was a targeted case management service dedicated to severely disabled Medicaid recipients. An investigation revealed that Lark and others billed Medicaid for services to over 60 of its recipients when in fact the recipients had never heard of Lark or her company and had not received any of the billed services.”
This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Indiana Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Diane Berkowitz.