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Post date: December 7 2000

Long Island Ceo Convicted Of $500,000 Medicaid Fraud

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that a Suffolk County Supreme Court jury has convicted Alfreda Taylor Langhorne, the chief executive officer of a Bohemia company that managed Medicaid services for the developmentally disabled, of stealing more than $500,000 from taxpayers through the Medicaid program.

After deliberating for two hours, the jury yesterday afternoon convicted Langhorne of the entire 17-count indictment filed against her: three counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, ten counts of Offering a False Instrument For Filing in the First Degree, and four counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree.

Justice Michael F. Mullen, who presided at the one-week trial, set sentencing for January 31, 2001. Langhorne, 34, of 89A Mastic Boulevard in Mastic, faces up to 15 years in prison.

In carrying out her scheme, Langhorne billed the State for having rendered non-reimbursable services for her clients, including tutoring, babysitting, and trips to the circus at Madison Square Garden. In fact, many of the clients had not even been documented as being developmentally disabled.

Spitzer said, "By disregarding the strict eligibility guidelines under the Medicaid program, the defendant illegally charged taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars and, in the process, became the largest biller of comprehensive medical case management services in the State for two years running. This investigation and prosecution by my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit drives home our message: If you are stealing from State taxpayers, we will find you and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law."

Langhorne was also found guilty of falsifying company records - in anticipation of a State audit - to make it appear that the services which had been provided were Medicaid reimbursable. Langhorne also billed taxpayers for having worked 50 to 60, even 140 hours per day.

Family Preservation Center, Inc., was a corporation licensed by the State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) to coordinate Medicaid services. As a designated case management company, it was authorized to bill Medicaid for planning services for people suffering from mental retardation or similar developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy or autism.

Family Preservation Center, Inc., was formerly located at 505-5 Johnson Avenue in Bohemia. It closed in March 1998 when its license was revoked by the State. Family Preservation Center, Inc., previously pleaded guilty to three counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and six counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree.

Spitzer expressed his thanks to the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities for its referral and cooperation during the course of the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Special Assistant Attorney General Michael L. Rice, Acting Director of the Long Island Regional Office of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and Special Assistant Attorney General Lara Goroway. All cases are handled under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jos? Maldonado.