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For Immediate Release:  
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October 23, 2006  
Division of Criminal Justice
609-292-4791

Office of The Attorney General
- Stuart Rabner, Attorney General
Division of Criminal Justice
- Gregory A. Paw, Director
Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor
- Greta Gooden Brown, Insurance Fraud Prosecutor

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Hudson County Corporation Pleads Guilty To $33,800 Medicaid Fraud Scam
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TRENTON - Attorney General Stuart Rabner and Division of Criminal Justice Director Gregory A. Paw announced that a Hudson County corporation has pleaded guilty to over-billing the Medicaid program by more than $33,800 for more expensive medical supplies than the corporation actually provided to patients.

According to Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Greta Gooden Brown, T-N-T Medical Supply Inc., located on Bergenline Avenue in West New York, pleaded guilty late Friday before Superior Court Judge Camille M. Kenney in Hudson County to second-degree health care claims fraud.

The corporation and its former owner, Julio Anthony Munoz, 41, of Upper Montclair, were indicted by a state grand jury on Oct. 5, 2005 on the second-degree health care claims fraud charge and an additional charge of third-degree Medicaid fraud. Munoz has applied to the Pre-trial Intervention Program and has agreed to pay about $67,700 in fines and restitution.

T-N-T, through its attorney, admitted Friday that it fraudulently submitted more than 200 inflated claims, overbilling the Medicaid program by about $33,840. An investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice determined that Munoz and T-N-T billed the Medicaid program for the most expensive surgical support stockings provided to Medicaid patients when, in fact, they were providing patients with the least expensive stockings. Surgical stockings, which are prescribed for patients with circulatory problems and related medical conditions, can be billed in amounts ranging from $24 to $120. Some claims included multiple pairs of stockings.

The case was handled by State Investigator William Rodriguez and Deputy Attorney General Riza Dagli.

The Medicaid program, which is funded by the state and federal governments, provides health care services and prescription drugs to persons who may not otherwise be able to afford such services and medicines.

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