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The D.C. Office of the Inspector General, the FBI, and other agencies filed a criminal complaint against Holy Health Care Services, LLC last month for paying homeless people to help the company defraud Medicaid. Holy Health allegedly paid homeless individuals $25 to sign into fake appointments three times per week — since at least 2017 — allowing the company to bill Medicaid on their behalf for mental health services it did not provide, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release

In March, Street Sense Media reported that the D.C. Office of the Attorney General sued a different company, Vizion One, for similar activity. The home health care provider’s employees allegedly canvassed outside of homeless shelters and social service agencies to recruit people willing to accept a bribe in exchange for falsely claiming a need for care that the company could bill for without providing any service. The lawsuit claims Vizion One defrauded D.C.’s Medicaid program of more than $3 million in two years: 2012 – 14.