For Immediate Release
December 26, 2019
Concord, NH – Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announces that Edward Donnell, IV, age 38, David Hackney, age 39, Liudmila Bulatova, age 36, and Angelica Soule, age 32, have been indicted by the Strafford County Grand Jury on charges related to presenting fraudulent claims for non-emergency medical transportation services, and obtaining more than $20,000 for transportation services that were never provided between June 2, 2015 and April 30, 2016, by Frank's Taxi.
Mr. Donnell owned Frank's Taxi, which was headquartered in Somersworth, New Hampshire. Ms. Bulatova, Mr. Donnell's wife, was also employed by Frank's Taxi and handled the company's billing. Mr. Hackney was employed by Frank's Taxi as a driver and then mechanic, and Ms. Soule was his girlfriend.
Mr. Donnell, Mr. Hackney, Ms. Bulatova and Ms. Soule were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit theft by deception, a class A felony, one count of theft by deception, a class A felony, one count of conspiracy to make false claims, a class B felony, and one count of making false claims, a class B felony in connection with a scheme to defraud the State's Medicaid Program.
In addition, Mr. Donnell was charged with one count of Presenting False Records and one count of Destruction of Records, both class B felonies.
The maximum penalty for each false claims indictment is 3 ½ to 7 years in the New Hampshire State Prison. The maximum penalty for each theft by deception indictment is 7 ½ to 15 years in the New Hampshire State Prison. The maximum penalty for Presenting False Records and Destruction of Records is 3 ½ - 7 years in the New Hampshire State Prison.
Mr. Donnell, Mr. Hackney, Ms. Bulatova and Ms. Soule will be arraigned in the Strafford County Superior Court on January 2, 2020.
The charges and allegations in the indictments are merely accusations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Attorney Stephanie J. Johnson, Assistant Attorney General Thomas T. Worboys, and Investigator Robert Sullivan are prosecuting and investigating this case for the Attorney General's 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
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