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Grantham man with at-home care business sentenced for fraud, ordered to pay $1 million

Staff Report
Published: 7/13/2021 8:22:20 PM
Modified: 7/13/2021 8:22:25 PM

CONCORD — A 72-year-old Grantham man has been ordered to pay $1 million in restitution after he was convicted of Medicaid fraud Tuesday, according to a news release from the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.

Richard Wennerberg pleaded guilty to two counts of felony Medicaid fraud during a hearing in Merrimack County Superior Court Tuesday, the release said. A judge sentenced him to 12 months in prison, with a recommendation for administrative home confinement, and ordered him to pay the restitution.

The news follows an investigation the Attorney General’s office conducted into Wennerberg’s business, Alternative Care @ Home LLC, which is registered out of Hopkinton and provides licensed personal care services to Medicaid patients at their home. According to investigators, between 2015 and 2018 Wennerberg submitted claims for reimbursement for at-home care that his company never provided. During those periods, the patients Alternative Care were supposedly caring for at home were actually at nursing homes or hospitals, the release said.

Wennerberg also billed the maximum hours Medicaid allowed for certain patients, even if his team had not provided care during all of those hours, and used some of the money to pay his caregivers for mileage, the release said.

Wennerberg also pleaded guilty to a third count of Medicaid fraud on behalf of his business. The guilty plea means Alternative Care is barred from participating in federal health care programs in the future, the release said.

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