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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a Milwaukee man has been sentenced for Medicaid fraud in connection with the operation of a specialized medical vehicle (SMV) company. Joseph W. Roberts appeared before Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Michael D. Guolee, who imposed and stayed a sentence of 60 days in the House of Corrections and placed Roberts on one year probation.
Joseph Roberts, and his wife Tracy L. Roberts, were each convicted on December 20, 2012, of party to a crime of medical assistance fraud for their respective roles in the operation of Community Transportation, LLC. Tracy Roberts was placed on probation for a period of one year at that time.
According to the criminal complaint, Tracy Roberts was the registered agent and owner of the domestic limited liability company organized in 2010, and became a certified Medicaid provider of transportation services. As part of the certification process, she agreed to comply with all state and federal regulations regarding the Medicaid program.
Joseph Roberts had been placed on the federal exclusion list in 2008 based on prior convictions for Medicaid fraud, which prohibited him from working for any certified Medicaid provider. The complaint alleged that Joseph Roberts actually provided transportation services on multiple occasions for Community Transportation, LLC, for which Tracy Roberts filed claims with Wisconsin Medicaid for reimbursement.
Medicaid is a health care assistance program for the needy and disabled jointly funded by the state and federal governments. The cases were prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Tom Storm.