Thursday, July 3, 2008
Frankie Lewis Musgrove
This defendant was arrested for stealing critical funds from elderly nursing home residents, Attorney General Abbott said. Patients and their families trust health care facility workers to provide comfort and care not to steal and deceive. Texans can rest assured that the OAG will aggressively prosecute caregivers who abuse their patients.
Attorney General Abbott added: We are grateful to the Flower Mound Police Department for leading this investigation. Thanks to a cooperative effort by the MFCU, the Dallas County Pct. 3 Constable’s Office, Denton County District Attorney Paul Johnson and the Flower Mound Police Department, this defendant will be held accountable for her conduct.
Residents’ family members entrusted Musgrove to manage residents’ accounts, including depositing cash payments made by relatives for the patients’ care. Trust accounts may be audited by state or federal authorities at any time. Investigators suspect Musgrove operated her scheme from July 2004 to August 2006.
In 2006 alone, the costs of the Medicaid program in Texas totaled more than $17 billion. As the state’s chief law enforcement official, Attorney General Abbott has dramatically expanded the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) to save more taxpayer dollars and increase protection for Texas seniors. The Unit has established field offices in Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Lubbock, McAllen, San Antonio and Tyler through authorization and funding from the 77th Texas Legislature. Attorney General Abbott’s MFCU works with federal, state and local agencies to identify and prosecute those who defraud Medicaid. For more information about Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to fight Medicaid fraud, visit the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.