For Immediate Release
April 14, 2022
Michael S. Garrity, Director of Communications
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Thomas T. Worboys, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Director, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
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Concord, NH -- Attorney General John M. Formella announces that Angelica Soule, age 35, of Farmington, pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Make False Claims in connection with fraudulent claims for non-emergency medical transportation services.
Between June 2, 2015 and April 30, 2016, Ms. Soule, a Medicaid beneficiary, made recurring requests for authorization of transportation services that were never provided. Ms. Soule did so as part of a conspiracy with Frank's Taxi, a transportation company in Somersworth, New Hampshire, which resulted in Frank's Taxi fraudulently obtaining more than $20,000 in Medicaid funds.
Ms. Soule pleaded guilty to conspiring with Edward Donnell IV, age 40, Liudmila Bulatova, age 38, and David Hackney, age 41. Mr. Donnell owned Frank's Taxi. Ms. Bulatova, Mr. Donnell's wife, was 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 Mr. Hackney's girlfriend.
The Strafford County Superior Court sentenced Ms. Soule to serve two to four years in the New Hampshire State Prison, all suspended for three years, for Conspiracy to Make False Claims, a class B felony.
Mr. Hackney previously pleaded guilty on March 2, 2021 to Conspiracy to Make False Claims, a class B felony, and Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception, a class A felony. Mr. Donnell previously pleaded guilty on July 19, 2021 to Conspiracy to Make False Claims, Presenting False Records, and Destruction of Records, all of which are class B felonies. The charges and allegations in the indictments pending against Ms. Bulatova are merely accusations, and she is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Thomas T. Worboys and Investigator Timothy E. Brackett of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated and prosecuted this case. The case was based on a referral from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services' Program Integrity Unit and Well Sense Health Plan's Special Investigations Unit.
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 $910,048 for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2022. The State of New Hampshire funds the remaining 25 percent, totaling $303,346, for FY 2022.
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