Press Release

Anchorage Personal Care Attendants Indicted for Fraudulently Billing Medicaid

February 13, 2013

Yesterday, 30-year-old Mile Viane Fainuulelei and 26-year-old Katrina Katherine Letuane, both of Anchorage, were indicted by a grand jury on multiple counts of medical assistance fraud, theft and perjury. Mile Fainuulelei and Katerina Letuane were both also charged with multiple misdemeanor counts for fraudulently billing Medicaid and violating Medicaid regulations. Arraignment is set for both defendants on February 14, 2013 at 1:45 in Anchorage Superior Court.

Personal care attendants are individuals (often times family members) that Medicaid pays to provide home based care services to Medicaid recipients, allowing the recipient to stay in their home as opposed to a nursing home setting. In 2007, 2008 and 2011, Mile Fainuulelei served as a personal care attendant for his father. The Alaska Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) discovered that Mile was working at two other jobs during the time that he claimed to be providing Medicaid services to his father. In 2011, Mile also double billed Medicaid for personal care attendant services through two different agencies for the same care.

In 2008, Katerina Letuane, Mile’s spouse, billed Medicaid for home-based -care services provided while the recipient was hospitalized. Medicaid regulations prohibit the billing of personal care attendant services while the recipient is hospitalized.

The Alaska MFCU is part of the Attorney General’s Office. The MFCU is responsible for investigating and prosecuting Medicaid fraud and abuse, neglect or financial exploitations of patients in any facility that accepts Medicaid funds. The Alaska MFCU charged eleven additional defendants for Medicaid fraud and abuse since October 2012. The indictment and information adding misdemeanor counts for each of these cases can be found on the the MFCU website.

CONTACT: Assistant Attorney General Andrew Peterson at 907-269-6292. For more information about the Mile Fainuulelei or Katerina Letuane or other cases handled by the Alaska MFCU, go to the Alaska MFCU website.

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