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MADISON — Attorney J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a Milwaukee man and woman have been convicted of Medicaid fraud in connection with their operation of a specialized medical vehicle (SMV) company. Joseph W. Roberts and Tracy L. Roberts appeared before Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Michael D. Guolee on December 20, 2012, and were each convicted of party to the crime of medical assistance fraud for their respective roles in the operation of Community Transportation, LLC. Tracy Roberts was placed on probation for a period of one year; sentencing for Joseph Roberts was scheduled for February 28, 2013.
According to the criminal complaint, Tracy Roberts was the registered agent and owner of the domestic limited liability company organized in 2010, and became a certified Medicaid provider of transportation services. As part of the certification process, she agreed to comply with all state and federal regulations regarding the Medicaid program.
Joseph Roberts had been placed on the federal exclusion list in 2008 based on prior convictions for Medicaid fraud, which prohibited him from working for any certified Medicaid provider. The complaint alleged that Joseph Roberts actually provided transportation services on multiple occasions for Community Transportation, LLC, for which Tracy Roberts filed claims with Wisconsin Medicaid for reimbursement.
Medicaid is a health care assistance program for the needy and disabled jointly funded by the state and federal governments. The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Tom Storm.