A former certified home health aide in Passaic County was indicted on 175 counts of Medicaid fraud for submitting $87,616 in phony billing records, acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced today.
Vladimir Faerman, 66, of Hawthorne, is the sixth employee or former employee of Confident Care Corporation in Hackensack to be indicted on Medicaid fraud. Of there six, he is accused of illegally billing the most amount of money.
Confident Care’s Attorney Barry Guaglardi said his client is cooperating with investigators.
“Confident Care has policies and procedures in place that are designed to protect against any type of Medicaid fraud or any type of fraud,” the attorney said. “My clients are doing everything they need to do to ensure full compliance with all laws.”
Faerman was indicted Wednesday. arrested today, and is held at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack on $175,000 bail, according to the announcement.
Investigators from the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor say Faerman submitted 3,797 claims from visits he allegedly made from November 2009 to January 2013. But time records indicate he was working at a jewelry store in Paramus on dates and times he was supposed to be caring for these patients.
He faces 175 counts of second-degree health care claims fraud, second-degree theft by deception and third-degree Medicaid fraud. Second-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison and a criminal fine of up to $150,000, while third-degree crimes carry a sentence of three to five years and a $15,000 fine.
Deputy Attorney Jordan Mamorsky presented the case to the state grand jury. Detective Kylie Mattis and Analyst B’leia Williams led the investigation.
The home health care company has 10 satellite locations in New Jersey and offices in Florida.