New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
January 16, 2019

Contact:
Kate Spiner, Director of Communications
603-573-6103
kate.spiner@doj.nh.gov

Bryan Townsend, II, Assistant Attorney General
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
bryan.townsend@doj.nh.gov
(603) 271-7094

Owner of a New Hampshire Home Care Services Company Arrested for Medicaid Fraud

Concord, NH – Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announces that Richard A. Gaudette, age 62, of Danville, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one class B felony count of Medicaid Fraud, in violation of RSA 167:61-a.

The charge alleges that between February 2013 and September 2017, Mr. Gaudette, as the owner of Happy at Home Care and Assistance, LLC, a company licensed to provide in-home, personal care services to Medicaid beneficiaries, submitted fraudulent claims to the State for reimbursement from Medicaid funds. These claims were fraudulent, either in whole or in part, because the services on which they were based were never actually provided.

Specifically, Mr. Gaudette claimed and received reimbursement for in-home, personal care services during periods when Happy at Home clients were not at home, but instead in hospitals, long-term care facilities, or, in one instance, deceased. The State alleges that Mr. Gaudette acted knowingly, and with a purpose to defraud the State.

Mr. Gaudette will be arraigned in the Merrimack County Superior Court.

The charge and allegations are merely accusations, and Mr. Gaudette is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Bryan Townsend, II of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU).

MFCU investigates and prosecutes fraud by healthcare providers who treat Medicaid beneficiaries. Healthcare providers include, but are not limited to, hospitals, nursing homes, doctors, dentists, pharmacies, ambulance companies, and anyone else who is paid for providing healthcare services to Medicaid beneficiaries. If you would like to report a case of provider fraud, please contact MFCU at (603) 271-1246.

New Hampshire Department of Justice
33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658