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Michigan man defrauds NY Medicaid

A Michigan man who illegally billed Medicaid for physician’s services after obtaining enrollment as a Medicaid provider by using a fraudulently obtained New York medical license was sentenced Thursday in Allegany County.

Fitzgerald A. Hudson, 53, of Dearborn, Mich., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny and was sentenced to one year prison and ordered to pay $21,000 in restitution to the state of New York for payments he illegally accepted through the Medicaid program. Under a separate civil settlement reached with the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Hudson will repay the state $300,000 for Medicaid payments made to him and other healthcare providers for services he provided and ordered.

The civil suit, filed in Allegany County Court in September 2012, alleges Hudson repeatedly falsified applications related to his medical degrees — including in applications for his state medical license and Medicaid provider enrollment.

Hudson previously pleaded guilty in the criminal case before Justice Thomas P. Brown in Allegany County Court. He admitted that he obtained $21,630.24 from the Medicaid program under false pretenses on claims that were submitted for his services from Dec. 1, 2009, to May 7, 2010, after he had lied on his provider enrollment application.