For Immediate Release
April 29, 2021
Kate Giaquinto, Director of Communications
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Thomas T. Worboys, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Director, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
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Stephanie J. Johnson, Assistant Attorney General
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella announces that Michael A. Maggiacomo (age 50) and Tina M. Allen (age 46) both of Newburyport, Massachusetts, have been indicted by the New Hampshire Multicounty Grand Jury and each charged with two class B felony counts of Medicaid Fraud, in violation of RSA 167:61-a, and two class A felony counts of Theft by Deception, in violation of RSA 637:4. Mr. Maggiacomo was also charged with one class B felony count of Presenting False Records, in violation of RSA 167:61-a, for submitting falsified documents in response to an audit, and Ms. Allen was charged with two class B felony counts of Presenting False Records, in violation of RSA 167:61-a, for submitting falsified documents in response to an audit.
Mr. Maggiacomo was the owner of Alerion Home Care and Wellness Solutions, a home health care company. The charges allege that he and Ms. Allen, an Alerion employee, submitted claims for payment to New Hampshire Medicaid for home nursing services that were not actually rendered because the patients were not residing at home.
The charges further allege that when the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services' Program Integrity Unit audited Alerion, Ms. Allen and Mr. Maggiacomo presented falsified nursing notes to support Alerion's false Medicaid claims.
The maximum penalty for each Medicaid Fraud and Presenting False Records charge is 3 ½ to 7 years in the New Hampshire State Prison. The maximum penalty for each Theft by Deception charge is 7½ to 15 years in the New Hampshire State Prison. Maggiacomo will be arraigned in the Merrimack County Superior Court on June 16, 2021, and Allen will be arraigned in the Merrimack County Superior Court on July 1, 2021.
The charges and allegations are merely accusations, and Ms. Allen and Mr. Maggiacomo are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Thomas T. Worboys and Assistant Attorney General Stephanie J. Johnson of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, are prosecuting this case. Investigator Robert J. Sullivan and Financial Analyst/Investigator Timothy E. Brackett, also of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, investigated the matter based on a referral from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services' Program Integrity Unit. The Office of the Maine Attorney General's Healthcare Crimes Unit and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's Tactical Diversion Squad assisted in the investigation.
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit 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 the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at (603) 271-1246. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the New Hampshire Department of Justice receives 75 percent of its funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under a grant award totaling $855,236 for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2021. The remaining 25 percent, totaling $285,078 for FY 2021 is funded by the State of New Hampshire.
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