FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2015
For More Information, contact:
Mike Lewis (334) 353-2199
Alabama Attorney General
Joy Patterson (334) 242-7491
Claire Haynes (334) 242-7351
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AG STRANGE ANNOUNCES ARREST OF OHIO MAN
FOR MEDICAID FRAUD AND IDENTITY THEFT
(MONTGOMERY)–Attorney General Luther Strange announced the arrest of Darnell
Davon Nash, 30, of Cleveland, Ohio, on sixty-nine counts of filing false claims with the Alabama
Medicaid Agency and one count of trafficking in stolen identities.
The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit presented evidence to the August
2014 term of the Montgomery County grand jury, resulting in an indictment* charging Nash for
his role in the filing of numerous false claims for payment to the Alabama Medicaid Agency and
being in possession of identifying information of approximately twenty-five Alabama Medicaid
recipients. Nash currently is in federal custody on an unrelated fraud conviction and is being
transported to Alabama by the U.S. Marshal Service. A trial date is set for March 9, 2015.
It is alleged that Nash, along with a co-defendant, established a fictitious business named
Chase Farms Group and enrolled the business as an Alabama Medicaid provider. They then
obtained, by deceit, the Medicaid Provider ID of a north Alabama physician’s office, by stating
they ran a counseling service and wanted the physician’s office to be their medical provider. The
physician’s office became suspicious when they attempted to contact Nash, who had used an
alias, to inquire about the partnership. The scheme also involved the distribution of flyers to
Medicaid recipients throughout the Birmingham area, advertising assistance with obtaining
government subsidies. As victims would call the number provided and give their identifying
information, Nash and his co-defendant would then bill Medicaid for alleged services provided
by the physician’s office using the stolen information.
The case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Medicaid Fraud is an unclassified felony with a maximum possible prison sentence of five years.
Trafficking in stolen identities is a class B felony, which carries a possible prison sentence of two
to twenty years imprisonment for a first offense and up to life in prison based on criminal history.
Nash is facing a possible sentence of twenty years to life imprisonment.
Attorney General Strange commended his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for their steadfast
investigation of this case. He also thanked the Birmingham office of the U.S. Secret Service, the
U.S. Marshal Service, the Ohio Office of the United States Department of Labor and the Ohio
Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
*An indictment is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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