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WASTE WATCH: Ohio Taxpayers Overcharged $1 Million by Transportation Company
COLUMBUS (Brooks Jarosz) -- Operators of a company that specializes in transporting people living with disabilities owes more than $1 million of taxpayer money to Ohio Medicaid.
State auditors went digging through the home of the owner of Cuyahoga County company Greathouse Medical Transportation, LLC, looking for records to complete the audit of the business.
Auditor of State Dave Yost found missing and disorganized records during the investigation, including hundreds of instances in which documentation was incomplete regarding trips taken between January, 2008 and December, 2010.
In the cases of 80 trips for which records were examined, the billed mileage exceeded the documented mileage. In addition, 374 cancelled trips were billed without the required documents.
ABC 6 Investigators have learned auditors were sent to the owner's home to look for the documents, which they found in the basement, attic, crawl space, and storage closet.
The official audit details 141 situations for which no certificate of medical necessity (CMN) was included, and 20 cases in which the CMN was not valid. Ohio law requires the inclusion of CMNs in order for transportation to be covered by Medicaid.
Even more alarming, a review of qualifications of 11 Greathouse drivers found that none of those tested were eligible to transport patients.
Ohio Medicaid was over-billed $930,624 by Greathouse, with interest of $82,404.84, bringing the total owed to taxpayers to $1,013,028.84.