Pikesville company ordered to pay nearly $500,000 for violating Medicaid fraud settlement

A Pikesville-based health care company and its owner have been ordered to pay nearly $500,000 after violating a 2014 settlement agreement in a Medicaid fraud case, Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced Thursday.

Bernadette Nwanguma and her firm, A1 Reliable Medical & Healthcare Services Inc., at 222 Milford Mill Road, failed to comply with the terms of a 2014 settlement agreement, the attorney general said in the announcement. The violation resulted in a $491,922 judgment against the company.

The settlement had resolved allegations that the company billed the state’s Medicaid program for equipment and supplies “for which the company did not have a prescriber’s order or certification of continuous medical need,” according to Frosh’s office. For some of the equipment, the company did not have proof of delivery, the settlement said.

A1 Reliable also was alleged to have submitted Medicaid claims for home health care performed by people who were not licensed to do so, according to the settlement.

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