Case Referral Actions
The following information identifies prosecution activities during the months of April through June 2006,
pertaining to suspected cases of Medicaid fraud referred to the Office of the Attorney General of
Washington/Medicaid Fraud Control Unit by the Department of Social and Health Services.
State v. Law - An information alleging 16 counts of theft in the first degree and one
count of theft in the second degree was filed on May 10, 2006. Law, a DSHS case
resource manager, approached an in-home care provider named Victor Friedman and
proposed a billing scheme that defrauded the State of tens of thousands of dollars. Law
proposed she approve Friedman as a care provider for three Medicaid eligible
recipients. Law proposed Friedman bill the State as if he were providing services when
in fact he did not provided any services and then pay her a majority of the money he
received from the State. Friedman billed and was paid approximately $45,000 over
seventeen months he was not entitled to receive. Friedman then paid Law a majority of
the money per their fraudulent agreement. An arraignment is scheduled for June 8,
2006. This matter was referred to the MFCU by the Department of Social and Health
Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Region 6, Cowlitz County Prosecutors
Office and the Washington State Patrol.
Friedman confessed to the criminal activity in February 2006 and was sentenced to 16
months in prison.
State v. Marsha L. Taylor - Div. III. Ct. App. The court commissioner granted the
state’s motion on the merits and affirmed the judgment and sentence of the superior
court. Taylor was convicted after trial of eight counts of theft in the second degree and
sentenced to 90 days in jail. AAG Tony Rugel represented the State at the criminal trial
and on appeal.
State v. Linn, D.D.S. - On June 28, 2006 after a three day jury trial, the defendant was
acquitted of six counts of Medicaid False Statement. The state charged Dr Linn after it
was discovered she billed for crowns on teeth that X-rays showed did not exist in the
patients mouth. This matter was referred to the MFCU by the Office of the US Attorney
for the Western District of Washington and the Department of Social and Health
Services, Health and Recovery Services Administration.
GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY
State v. Tammy Brown - An information alleging one count of theft in the first degree
and three counts of Medicaid false statement was filed on June 8, 2006. Brown billed
DSHS for three months claiming to have provided in-home care services for a Medicaid
recipient when she did not provide any services. Brown was paid approximately $3,000
due to her fraudulent billing. This matter was referred to the MFCU by the Department
of Social and Health Services, Office of Financial Recovery.
During this period the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit presented training to Department of
Social and Health Services, Case Managers, Staff of the Office of Financial Recovery
and Cadets of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy covering topics of Medicaid fraud
and Vulnerable Adult abuse.
** Note **: The MFCU has a no cost, two hour interactive training
presentation, which addresses provider fraud and elder abuse identification
and reporting. If your department is interested in receiving this training
please contact the MFCU at (253) 593-2154/2317/2262.