RALEIGH, N.C., July 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A whistleblower lawsuit was unsealed Friday alleging theMeridian Senior Living Group has defrauded the United States and the State of North Carolina out of more than sixty million dollars. The suit claims Meridian
The whistleblower has evidence demonstrating Meridian's adult care homes were not staffed with enough people to provide the personal care services required for the residents within the Special Care Units; that they routinely billed N.C. Medicaid the monthly maximum allowable without regard for the resident admission date, departure date, or diagnostic qualification date for the resident; and that the homes often overbilled by 1.5 to 1.75 hours of personal care services per day more than the actual staff time available for each resident.
Forty-five Meridian adult care homes throughout the state of North Carolina, together with Meridian's management/billing entities and principal owner, are named as Defendants in the lawsuit.
"The most vulnerable of our senior population ? the Alzheimer and memory-impaired residents within the defendants' special care units ? are the victims here," says lead counsel Clifford "Kip" Marshall. On top of that, co-counsel Matthew Lee adds: "The taxpayers of North Carolina have been unknowingly footing the bill for this shameless fraud perpetrated upon their loved ones for too long. North Carolinians deserve better."
The Meridian Senior Living Group is based in North Carolina. Through its management entities, Meridian Senior Living, LLC and Affinity Living Group, LLC, it is the largest operator of Adult Care Homes in North Carolina and one of the ten largest adult care providers in the country. Meridian owns and/or operates adult care facilities in twenty states.
Plaintiffs' counsel are investigating potential claims of Medicaid fraud in other Meridian facilities throughout the country.
For more information about the Meridian lawsuit, please contact Matt Lee or Jeremy Williams at Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP at 919-600-5000 (email: [email protected] / [email protected]) or Kip Marshall at Marshall, Roth & Gregory, P.C.. at 828-281-2100 (email: [email protected]).
The name of the case is The United States of America, and The State of North Carolina, EX REL Stephen Gugenheim v. Meridian Senior Living, LLC, et. al, 5:16-cv-410-BO (United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina).
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SOURCE Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP
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