A 51 year old man identified as Joseph Tamjong has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for defrauding medicaid in a scheme involving personal care services.
Between December 2014 and February 2022, Joseph Tamjong was employed as a Personal Care Aide and/or a Participant-Directed Worker providing personal care services to residents of the District of Columbia who needed assistance performing activities of daily living, such as getting in and out of bed, bathing, dressing, and eating.
Tamjong submitted false timesheets that claimed he provided these services to Medicaid beneficiaries when, in fact, he did not.
Although he committed a bulk of his criminal conduct when he was in the United States, he brazenly caused Medicaid to be billed for approximately 3,400 hours of services that he purportedly provided when he was traveling outside the country.
On 156 separate occasions, he claimed he provided 24 hours of services in a single day.
In total, he defrauded Medicaid of $733,405, personally receiving at least $395,155 in fraudulent wages from the scheme.
Since December 2018, 12 former personal care aides have been sentenced in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia for defrauding the District’s Medicaid program.