News / Utah / 

Woman indicted in $1M Medicaid fraud case in West Valley

Woman indicted in $1M Medicaid fraud case in West Valley

(File Photo)



Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

SALT LAKE CITY — The co-owner and manager of a now closed West Valley City women's clinic faces criminal charges for allegedly defrauding Medicaid of more than $1 million.

Larohnda Dennison, 48, coached women who are in the country illegally to apply for prenatal services through the Baby Your Baby program using fake Social Security numbers and falsely representing their immigration status, according to a federal indictment.

The indictment alleges the fraud took place between 2005 and 2010 at the Westview Women's Center. Services included office visits, lab tests and ultrasounds that were performed and interpreted by a radiologist who was not licensed in Utah, according to the indictment.

Westview solicited patients in the Hispanic community, many of whom didn't have health insurance, through newspaper, radio and TV ads and word of mouth. Only U.S. citizens and residents with green cards are eligible for Medicaid's Baby Your Baby program.

Dennison is charged with 11 counts of health care fraud and making false statements. She is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court on Jan. 9.

Related stories

Most recent Utah stories

Related topics

Utah
Dennis Romboy

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast