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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Man pleads guilty in 1.4M Medicaid fraud scheme

A man from Bloomington has pled guilty in connection with a $1.4 million Medicaid fraud scheme in which he and others got compensation for mental health services they never rendered.

Abdirahman Yonis, 35, works as a mental health practitioner at Minnesota Multicultural Counseling Clinic, which has locations in St. Paul, Brooklyn Park, and Roseville, according to authorities. According to a news statement from U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger, Yonis pled guilty to one count of wire fraud in connection with writing and signing client progress reports and then getting money from the Minnesota Medicaid program for services that never happened.

The news release said, “As a consequence of the false and fraudulent claims, the Medicaid program paid more than $1.4 million for treatments that never happened.”

Yonis’s sentence hearing will be arranged at a later date.

His guilty plea represents the sixteenth criminal prosecution in two Medicaid fraud schemes totaling over $5.4 million. Since 2021, when many individuals were indicted in two distinct Medicaid fraud instances, fifteen individuals have pled guilty, one has been convicted at trial, and three remain at large. Those found guilty must make reparations to the Medicaid program.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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