April 16, 2014

Omaha mental health provider pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

A businessman from Omaha has pleaded guilty to fraudulently billing Medicaid.

The Nebraska Attorney General’s office reports James Holt, owner of UMOJA, PC, pleaded guilty to one federal felony count of health care fraud and to nine federal misdemeanors during an appearance in U.S. District Court in Lincoln.

UMOJA, PC provides mental health services.

The plea ended an investigation conducted by the Medicaid Fraud and Patient Abuse Unit in the Attorney General’s office and the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Mr. Holt and his company stole money from tax payers by submitted billings to Nebraska Medicaid for services he did not render,” Attorney General Jon Bruning said in a written statement released by his office. “Today’s plea works to ensure he is held accountable for his crimes.”

Holt’s corporation has agreed to make $15,000 in restitution as part of the plea agreement.

Federal District Judge Lyle Strom has set a sentencing date of May 13th.