New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
October 3, 2019

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

Thomas T. Worboys, Assistant Attorney General
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
Thomas.Worboys@doj.nh.gov
(603) 271-1181

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

Guilty Verdict in Happy at Home Medicaid Fraud Case

Concord, NH – Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announces that Richard A. Gaudette, age 62, of Danville, New Hampshire, was found guilty of Class B felony Medicaid Fraud, in the Merrimack County Superior Court on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

Mr. Gaudette, 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 of Medicaid Funds through his company between February 2013 and September 2017.

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, nursing homes, or in one instance, deceased. Mr. Gaudette acted knowingly and with the purpose to defraud the State.

Assistant Attorney General Bryan J. Townsend II, Assistant Attorney General Thomas T. Worboys, and Investigator Timothy E. Brackett of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit [MFCU] investigated and prosecuted this case. The Program Integrity Unit of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, made the referral to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

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