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Baton Rouge jury indicts personal care company, 3 individuals of forgery

On Thursday, a Baton Rouge grand jury issued an indictment against three individuals and a personal care company based in Baton Rouge of forgery charges.

A 43-year-old Prairieville man and his company, Millennium Health Care Services LLC, have been charged with conspiracy to commit forgery and being principals to felony theft as well as 19 counts of acting as principals to forgery. According to sources, the company hired personal care attendants to assist elderly and disabled persons with their daily activities. The man's wife, who acted as an employee of the company was also charged with one count of conspiracy to commit forgery and 19 counts of acting as a principal to forgery.

According to prosecutors, the couple and the company was part of a conspiracy to forge certifications for company employees. Specifically, prosecutors accuse the couple of having a Millennium employee forge cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid certification cards for 19 employees who never attended the necessary training.

A separate indictment charges the 29-year-old employee with one count of conspiracy to commit forgery, as well as 19 counts of principal to forgery.

According to the attorney general's office, Millennium billed the Louisiana Medicaid Program for over $10 million dollars between 2006 and 2010.

Fraud charges are very serious. If convicted, the defendants may face as much as 100 years in prison and up to $100,000 or $103,000, depending on the charges. It is critical for individuals facing these charges to obtain proper representation in order to protect their rights.

Source: The Advocate, "Three people, health-care firm indicted in forgery investigation," River Parishes Bureau, February 15, 2012.

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