U.S. Attorney Files Civil Fraud Lawsuit Against Non-Profit And Settles Fraud Claims Against Its Founder

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Scott Lampert, the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (“HHS-OIG”), announced today that the United States has filed a civil fraud lawsuit against Maranatha Human Services, Inc. (“MARANATHA”) and HENRY ALFONSO COLEY (“COLEY”) for falsely claiming that millions of dollars expended to benefit for-profit ventures owned and controlled by COLEY and MARANATHA, as well as payments to cover COLEY’s personal costs and excessive payments to COLEY’s family members, were reasonable and necessary costs in connection with MARANATHA’s provision of Medicaid-funded services to individuals with developmental disabilities. MARANATHA is a non-profit organization based in Poughkeepsie, New York; COLEY founded MARANATHA in 1988 and served as its chief executive officer until earlier this year.

Specifically, the Government’s complaint alleges that, with its board’s approval, MARANATHA funded for-profit companies operated by COLEY; paid excessive salaries and consulting fees to COLEY’s family members, often in exchange for little to no work; and paid for tens of thousands of dollars of COLEY’s personal expenses. The Government further alleges that, from 2010 to 2019, COLEY and MARANATHA submitted to the State of New York cost reports that falsely claimed millions of dollars in these expenses as “allowable” costs, which fraudulently inflated MARANATHA’s Medicaid reimbursement rates and resulted in MARANATHA receiving millions of dollars in Medicaid funds to which it was not entitled.

Source: U.S. Attorney Files Civil Fraud Lawsuit Against Non-Profit And Settles Fraud Claims Against Its Founder For Inflating Medicaid Reimbursements By Falsely Reporting Millions In Costs / Shore News Network

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