For Immediate Release
August 16, 2012
Jeffrey S. Cahill, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announces that Stephen MacInnes of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire has been sentenced in Merrimack County Superior Court on two felony counts of theft by deception. MacInnes, the former owner and operator of Seacoast Chair Car Service of Hampton, New Hampshire, previously pleaded guilty to the charges on May 9. MacInnes' company provided transportation services for wheelchair-bound Medicaid beneficiaries to enable them to receive medical services such as doctor visits, hospital care, dialysis and adult day care. An investigation conducted by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Unit uncovered that MacInnes, through his company, had fraudulently billed a total of $375,000 to the State's Medicaid program between 2008 and 2009 for 1,300 transports that did not take place and for inflating the mileage on more than 2600 transports that were performed.
On one of the theft counts, MacInnes was sentenced to serve five to ten years at the New Hampshire State Prison, stand committed, with three years of the minimum suspended. For the second count, he received a consecutive state prison sentence of five to ten years, fully suspended, conditioned on good behavior and payment to the State of restitution totaling $375,000, of which $130,000 was paid prior to sentencing.
Attorney General Delaney stated that, "Medicaid fraud is a crime that impacts every taxpayer and those who commit fraud against the program will be subject to criminal prosecution and full restitution will be sought."
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