A Florida woman who submitted thousands of fraudulent claims with the Georgia Medicaid program was sentenced this week to four months in prison, nine months house arrest, restitution in the amount of $200,000, a $5,000 fine and 150 hours community service.
Jennifer C. Alsdorf, who pleaded guilty in October 2013 to one count of Medicaid fraud, contracted with speech-language pathologists to perform services under independent agreements, billed Medicaid for their services and sent a portion of the proceeds to the pathologists.
Alsdorf, the Office of Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said Friday, did not just bill Medicaid for initial evaluations and therapy visits. She billed the program for “sensory integration” therapy and pocketed all of the money, authorities said. Not only had the pathologists not performed the service, many of them had no idea what sensory integration therapy was, officials said.
Additionally, Alsdorf submitted claims under pathologists’ names during times when they were not working with her medical business, authorities said.
“Fighting Medicaid fraud is a top priority for my office,” Olens said in a statement. “This case sends a strong message that we take every complaint received seriously, and we will aggressively investigate and prosecute those who overbill Medicaid.”