Owner of Personal Care Company Sentenced to Prison for Medicaid Fraud

by Andrew Murray | January 16th, 2020

New Hampshire’s Attorney General announced the sentence for Richard Gaudette on December 30, 2019.

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Mr. Gaudette was sentenced to serve one and a half to three years in the state prison with six months suspended off the minimum. The Court also ordered Mr. Gaudette to pay up to $110,805.24 in restitution to be paid to the Department of Health and Human Services. The imposition is stayed pending Mr. gaudette’s appeal.

A jury convicted Mr. Gaudette on October 2, 2019, of engaging in a fraudulent scheme of submitting false claims for Medicaid funds with the intent to defraud the State. Mr. Gaudette had been the owner of Happy at Home Care and Assistance, LLC, a company licensed to provide in-home personal care services to medicaid beneficiaries.

Over a four-year period, Mr. Gaudette claimed and received reimbursement for in-home, personal care services that were never actually provided, which included periods when Happy at Home clients were not at home, but instead were in hospitals, in nursing homes, or deceased.

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