The Vermont Attorney General’s Office’s Medicaid scams system are examining the now closed Maple Leaf Treatment Center, according to court files submitted in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
The state company composed in a movement that its examination remains in accordance with the Vermont False Claims Act and relates to Maple Leaf’s filing of Medicaid claims. As part of the examination, the Attorney General’s Office is attempting “to determine the damages suffered by the Vermont Medicaid program due to the Debtor’s filing of incorrect claims,” a movement submitted in May mentioned.
VTDigger.org was very first to report the presence of the examination by the Attorney General’s Office.
The previous Underhill alcohol and drug addiction treatment center closed suddenly in February and applied for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Maple Leaf had functioned as among 3 domestic treatment centers for opiate addiction treatment in the state. Staffing and funding were amongst a “mix of elements” thought about when the board went over the future of the not-for-profit, the board’s president, Jeffrey Messina, has stated.
Court files submitted by the Attorney General’s Office in the bankruptcy case state that the previous treatment center has been under examination since at least late February when it declared bankruptcy. Efforts on Monday to reach Assistant Attorney General Jason Turner, who leads the Medicaid scams system, were not successful.
The Attorney General’s Office submitted files in the center’s bankruptcy case in May to request an extension in filing evidence of a claim versus the estate. State detectives had requested files the state must “establish the exact value of its claim,” but stated the case’s trustee, Douglas Wolinsky, had actually experienced “particular troubles” in finding and accessing those files, the movement mentioned.
Wolinsky, of the law office Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC, decreased to comment Monday. A letter from Wolinsky was consisted of with the state’s May demand consenting to an extension up until either Aug. 1 or 45 days after the Attorney General’s Office gets the files– whichever was previously.
On Monday, the Attorney General’s Office asked the court for a 2nd extension, stating private investigators got the files from Wolinsky on July 19 but would need more than 13 days to evaluate the files.
” The Trustee experienced higher difficulties in finding and accessing paperwork … then prepared for,” Assistant Attorney General Charity Clark composed in a movement submitted Monday.
She included that “offered the amount and nature of the responsive files,” the state and Wolinsky consented to an extension of the due date to sue up until Sept. 22. The judge has not yet ruled on the movement since 4:15 p.m. on Monday.
The treatment center’s indefinite closure followed exactly what was referred to as a short-term 30-day closure throughout which Maple Leaf prepared to bring back staffing levels and perform training. The not-for-profit, which was certified through the state, likewise ran an outpatient center in Colchester for addicts participating in medication-assisted treatment.