Las Vegas, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced that Jason Andre Pearson, 29, of Las Vegas, and Emerald Vision Services, LLC (Emerald Vision) were sentenced in a Medicaid fraud case involving false billing. The fraud occurred between July 2017 and May 2018.
Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Carolyn Ellsworth sentenced both defendants for Submitting False Claims, a category “D” felony. Pearson was sentenced to 19 to 48 months in prison and ordered to perform 250 hours of community service. As part of the sentence, Pearson and Emerald Vision were ordered to pay $750,000 in restitution. Individuals or businesses convicted of Medicaid fraud may also be administratively excluded from future Medicaid and Medicare participation.
“When Nevada Medicaid receives a bill, my office expects the services to be provided to Nevadans in need,” said AG Ford. “My Medicaid Fraud Control Unit will continue to pursue illegal billing practices that waste taxpayer dollars and increase the cost of medical care for all Nevadans.”
The investigation of this case began after the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) received information that Emerald Vision and its manager Pearson may have billed Nevada Medicaid for Rehabilitative Mental Health (RMH) services that were never provided to patients. The investigation revealed that Pearson, as the manager of Emerald Vision, submitted claims to Nevada Medicaid for RMH services purportedly provided by Emerald Vision professionals who either did not work for Emerald Vision or did not provide the billed services to Medicaid recipients.
The MFCU investigates and prosecutes financial fraud by those providing health care services or goods to Medicaid patients. The MFCU also investigates and prosecutes instances of elder abuse or neglect. Persons convicted of Medicaid fraud may also be administratively excluded from future Medicaid and Medicare participation. Anyone wishing to report suspicions regarding any of these concerns may contact the MFCU at 702-486-3420 or 775-684-1100.
This case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Steve Sidhu.