Press Release

Anchorage Property Tax Assessor Charged for Fraudulently Billing Medicaid for Over $60,000

May 20, 2013

On May 20, 2013, 36 year old Lorie Nabong Batac of Anchorage, an Anchorage property tax assessor, was charged with two counts of medical assistance fraud for claiming to be providing personal care attendant services to two Medicaid recipients when she was allegedly working another job or the recipients were traveling alone outside of the United States. No arraignment date has been set by the court as of yet.

Personal care attendants are health care providers that the Alaska Medicaid program pays for providing home-based health care services to Medicaid recipients. The program is designed to allow Medicaid recipients to stay in their home rather than being placed in a nursing home type setting. Medicaid pays approximately $24 per hour for the services provided and the personal care attendant receives approximately $16.50 per hour.

The charging document states that Batac allegedly billed Medicaid on five different occasions between October 2008 and January 2012, for personal care attendant services she claimed to be providing to two different Medicaid recipients when the recipients were traveling outside of the United States. Between November 2008 and March 2010, Batac also allegedly billed Medicaid for personal care attendant services she claimed to be providing the same recipients during times that she was working as a cashier at Home Depot. The total fraud alleged is over $60,000.

The information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Batac, as with all criminal defendants, is innocent until proven guilty.

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 information filed in the Batac case can be found on the MFCU website.

CONTACT: Assistant Attorney General Andrew Peterson at 907-269-6292 for more information about the Batac case or other cases handled by the Alaska MFCU.

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