Georgia Assisted Living Community Owner Charged in Medicaid Fraud Scheme

The owner of an assisted living community in McDonough, Ga. has been indicted for stealing $60,000 from the state’s Medicaid program, according to the Attorney General’s Office, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports

Madeline Laruy, owner of Walnut Creek Manor, was charged on Thursday with one felony count of medicaid fraud and one felony count of giving false statements.

Authorities allege that between May 1, 2009 and April 23, Laruy was a service provider in the state’s Medicaid’s Alternative Living Services program. One requirement of the program is that patients receive a visit at least once a month from a registered nurse licensed to practice in Georgia.


Although Laruy is neither a registered nurse nor licensed in Georgia, she submitted fraudulent claims to Georgia Medicaid under the false pretense that she had fulfilled the registered nurse visit requirement needed to receive reimbursement.

Through those claims, Laruy received $61,346 in reimbursements to which she was not entitled, according to authorities cited in the article.

Read the full piece at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Written by Alyssa Gerace