Follow up: Ten suspects indicted in connection to a Medicaid and Medicare scam in the CSRA

Follow up: Ten suspects indicted in connection to a Medicaid and Medicare scam in the CSRA

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Richmond County’s grand jury indicted four more people they believe are involved in Medicare and Medicaid fraud. The C.A.V.E. Task Force presented the 2019 Medicaid Fraud cases to Richmond and Burke County grand juries, and 10 people have been formally indicted.

The indictments come after an investigation into Base Medical, a business started in Augusta earlier in 2019 by Daniel Abshari. The business collected DNA swabs and personal information from thousands of citizens across several counties.

Assistant District Attorney Amanda Pennington says they were targeting low income and elderly populations, going up to doors and pretending to offer free DNA testing, “They were wearing scrubs and had ID badges. They were representing themselves as being qualified to carry out DNA testing for Medicaid and Medicare.”

Pennington says they used scare tactics to persuade victims into the DNA test. When they weren’t receiving results, they began asking questions.

On Tuesday, September 3, a Richmond County grand jury indicted Abshari and Jarred Sullivan on the following:

  • 1 count of Violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • 5 counts of Identity Fraud
  • 5 counts of Conspiracy to Defraud the State
  • 3 counts of Exploitation of an Elder or Disabled Adult
  • 1 Count of Medicaid Fraud

An initial investigation took place in Burke County and Richmond County on July 20 after the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and Waynesboro Police Department received complaints about people wearing scrubs and coming up to homes in the area around Pilgrim Way, asking for personal information and to conduct medical tests. Eight arrests were made during that initial investigation, and it was revealed that the group of individuals came to the CSRA from the North to carry out a Medicaid scam.

On Thursday, September 12, a Burke County Grand Jury indicted Mark Speigner, Ruben Rice, Emery Eubanks and Thomas Alwell on the following:

  • 1 count of Conspiracy to Defraud the State
  • 1 Count of Medicaid Fraud

On Tuesday, September 17, a Richmond County Grand Jury indicted Timothy Smith, Dylan Logsdon, and Robert Garcia on the same charges, and Thomas Eubanks was indicted on one count of Conspiracy to Defraud the State.

Pennington says Medicaid and Medicare employees will never come to your door asking for personal information or identification. If someone is at your door, be cautious and call law enforcement.

The C.A.V.E. task force will continue to investigate this Medicare and Medicaid fraud in the CSRA. If you have any information about this case, please contact local law enforcement.

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