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Post date: February 1 2001

Long Island Ceo Gets Jail Time For $500,000 Medicaid Fraud

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that Alfreda Taylor Langhorne, the chief executive officer of a Bohemia company that managed Medicaid services for the developmentally disabled, has been sentenced to four months in county jail for stealing more than $500,000 from taxpayers through the Medicaid program.

"We have a special responsibility to protect our more defenseless citizens from exploitation," said Spitzer. "Today's action sends a clear message to those who would use the less fortunate for their own personal gain that prosecution will be swift and encompass the full measure of the law."

Appearing yesterday before Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Michael F. Mullen, Langhorne, 34, of 89A Mastic Boulevard in Mastic, was also sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to perform two months of community service. She was immediately remanded to jail.

Langhorne was convicted in December, following a one-week jury trial, 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.

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.

Langhorne was also found guilty of falsifying company records - in anticipation of a State audit - to make it appear that the services that 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 located at 505-5 Johnson Avenue in Bohemia. It closed in March 1998 when its license was revoked by the State. The corporation 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, and was ordered to make restitution of $543,350.

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.

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