Montgomery Village business owner pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud -- Gazette.Net


This story has been corrected March 11. An explanation follows the article.

The owner of a nursing staffing business in Gaithersburg was ordered to pay more than $5,000 for filing Medicaid claims for services that were never provided, the state attorney general’s office announced in a news release Thursday.

Deanne Grant, 47, of Montgomery Village, owned Dependable Nursing Care, a nurse staffing company based in Gaithersburg that provides certified nursing assistants and nurse monitors for home health care under the Maryland Medicaid program.

On Feb. 28, Grant pleaded guilty to one count of felony Medicaid fraud for submitting 69 bogus claims on behalf of 11 people between January 2009 and August 2010, according to court records and information from the state attorney general’s office.

Dependable Nursing Care closed in August 2010, state tax records show.

A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge on Feb. 28 ordered Grant to pay restitution of $3,385.14 to the Maryland Medicaid program, plus $2,500 to the Office of the Attorney General.

Grant was also sentenced to 364 days of probation plus 80 hours of community service, according to a news release from the attorney general’s office.

Seven other counts of felony theft were dropped, according to court records accessed online.

An attorney listed for Grant did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

Grant had already paid $5,885.14 in July under a civil settlement with the Attorney General’s office on behalf of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the attorney general’s office said in a news release.

A previous version attributed the news release to the state’s attorney’s office.