3 charged in $11M Minnesota Medicaid fraud scheme

Three people have been charged for their alleged roles in a scheme to defraud Minnesota's Medicaid program out of nearly $11 million. 

Among those charged is Abdirashid Said, who is accused of defrauding Medicaid through three separate home healthcare companies he operated, according to a Dec. 7 news release from the Minnesota Attorney General's Office. The other men charged, Abdirizak Ahmed and Said Ibrahim, were owners of two of the home health companies.    

Mr. Said was convicted of Medicaid fraud in 2022 and was ordered to pay the state $77,000 and barred from working with any Medicaid-funded agency, according to the release. Following his conviction, other agencies allegedly operated by Mr. Said billed Medicaid for providing home- and community-based waivered services and personal care assistant. Mr. Said's involvement with these companies was never disclosed. The agencies received more than $10.9 million from Medicaid. 

Medicaid also allegedly was billed for waivered services that were not documented or were based on fraudulent documentation, according to the release. 

Four others were previously charged as part of the investigation and additional charges are expected against others, the release said. 

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