Former VCU Basketball Captain Charged With Medicaid Fraud

According to the Roanoke Times:

A former captain of the VCU men’s basketball team has been charged in a nearly $600,000 Medicaid fraud conspiracy case and with tax evasion.

LaMar Taylor, 39, of Bowie, Md., owner of Global Interventions, LLC, an Alexandria company that provided Medicaid-contracted day treatment services, was named in a six-page charging document filed Wednesday in federal court in Richmond.

Authorities allege that Taylor and others, including an unidentified co-conspirator who was the firm’s billing manager and person responsible for claims submitted to Medicaid for payment and identified in court papers as “CC-1,” conspired from April 2014 through at least last September to commit health care fraud. Taylor is also accused of not paying payroll taxes for his company.

Taylor was an all-state player at John Marshall High and was The Times-Dispatch’s prep player of the year in 1996-97. He played for the Rams from 1997 to 2001 and was the team captain for 2000-2001. He is fifth on VCU’s career list in assists (527), sixth in career assist average (4.83) and seventh in career steals (193).

No date for an initial court appearance or the name of a lawyer has been posted for him yet. Taylor could not be reached for comment Thursday morning. A recording says the number to his business is not in service.

The company website says it provides: “a full range of behavioral health services for children and the families affected. Our program is designed to address specific deficits, such as social interaction, negative behavior, emotional disturbances, and other problems that lead to poor performance in school and social settings.” It says it serves the City of Alexandria and Prince William and Fairfax counties.

According to authorities, Taylor had an agreement with the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services to provide therapeutic day treatment services to at-risk youth to be paid for by Medicaid, a health care program funded by the state and federal governments for the poor and indigent.

Taylor “and others” submitted and caused to be submitted false claims to Medicaid for services that were never provided, according to the charges. The false billings were submitted to a Medicaid fiscal intermediary located in Henrico County.

“As a result of this fraudulent scheme and artifice, Global obtained health care benefit payments from Medicaid to which it was not entitled, totaling approximately $595,645,” alleges the government.

Also, as the owner and operator of Global, he was responsible for its finances including tax obligations and required to withhold from employees’ gross pay federal income taxes as well as Social Security and Medicare taxes.

Authorities allege that starting in 2013, Taylor attempted to evade paying the employment taxes owed by global by filing a false employer’s annual federal tax return form and disregarded instructions from his accountant to fund the tax obligations owed the Internal Revenue Service.

He allegedly told his accountant that he had deposited $48,604 worth of payments when he had actually only deposited $1,737.

His biography on his company website says that after leaving VCU, Taylor played one year of basketball in Uruguay during 2002, earning league player of the year honors while averaging 26 points and four assists.

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