Gray and Waterboro Company Settles
Federal Health Care Excluded Provider Complaint
Contact: Michelle Giard Draeger
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II today announced
that Bridges of Maine, LLC ("Bridges of Maine"), a private, nonprofit organization that
provides services to children and adults with mental and physical disabilities and autism, has
agreed to pay $99,100 to settle claims involving improper billing to MaineCare, Maine’s
Medicaid program, for services rendered by an excluded provider.
The United States Attorney’s Office filed a civil complaint alleging that Bridges of
Maine violated the federal False Claims Act from June 12, 2007 through June 17, 2008 by
inappropriately billing MaineCare for services rendered by a former licensed social worker
who was previously excluded from participation in all federal health care programs. Bridges
of Maine was not entitled to bill or receive payment for such services. The complaint sought
damages equaling the full amount of the false claims, along with statutory penalties. Bridges
of Maine, which has offices in Gray and Waterboro, cooperated in the investigation.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Department of
Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General, and the Attorney General’s Office of
the State of Maine.
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