Thursday, April 13, 2006
The lives and welfare of innocent children must always be our priorities in this state, said Attorney General Abbott. These two individuals made it a practice to pretend to care for disabled children, then pocketed money Medicaid returned to them in good faith for children they never helped.
Persley, owner of NISSI Health Services, is a provider for the Medically Dependent Children’s Program of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. The program was established to provide home health services supporting families caring for medically dependent children. The program encourages transitioning children from nursing care to their communities.
According to the indictments, Persley and Diouf billed Medicaid repeatedly for hours they claimed they spent with disabled children, but the two did not render these services. The illegal billing of $17,000 for nonexistent services covered a period from November 2001 through November 2004.
The two were charged with third degree aggregate theft by a government contractor. Harris County Assistant District Attorney Joni Vollman will prosecute the case against the two.
To obtain more information about the Attorney General’s efforts to fight Medicaid fraud, access the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.