Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Siddi Jon, 48,
of the 8900 block of Greens Lane in Randallstown was indicted by a
Baltimore County grand jury with 18 counts of felony Medicaid fraud and
It is alleged that, from April, 2002 to May, 2004, Jon, through her
company, Maryland Health First, Inc., knowingly submitted fraudulent
claims to the Maryland Medicaid program.
Those claims falsely represented that the company had provided
psychiatric rehabilitation (PRP) services and therapy services to
clients when Jon knew that the services had not actually been
performed. Additionally, the indictment alleges that Jon defrauded the
Medicaid program by billing for services when she knew that she was out
of compliance with Medicaid regulations applicable to PRP and therapy
providers. Maryland Health First served eligible Medicaid recipients in
Baltimore County and Baltimore City.
The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU)
of the Maryland Attorney General's Office. The MFCU conducted the
investigation with assistance from the Mental Hygiene Administration
(MHA), which suspended payments to Maryland Health First in May of
2004. MHA has been working with the MFCU to root out fraud in its
programs, and several cases of possible fraudulent behavior by MHA
providers are currently under investigation by the Attorney General's
While an indictment is only an accusation and all persons are presumed
innocent unless proven guilty, a charge of felony Medicaid fraud is
punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $100,000
fine. Felony theft is punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years and
a fine of $25,000.
An arraignment date in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County has not
yet been set. In making today's announcement, Attorney General Gansler
thanked Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstock for his work on the
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