NY Jewish charity admits to Medicaid fraud, agrees to pay $47M


NEW YORK (JTA) — A Jewish health care charity accused of Medicaid fraud has agreed to repay $47 million to the U.S. and New York state governments.

CenterLight Healthcare, formerly called Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, admitted in a settlement to having over 1,000 ineligible members in its Medicaid-sponsored long-term care plan, the Forward reported Thursday.

CenterLight is a member of UJA-Federation of New York’s network of agencies and received $84,000 from the federation in the current fiscal year, according to the Forward. UJA-Federation and CenterLight declined to comment on the settlement.

According to the Forward, CenterLight’s auditor, Loeb & Troper, audits a large number of New York Jewish charities, including FEGS, which filed for bankruptcy last year.

In statements issued by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, CenterLight acknowledged in the settlement that 1,241 people referred to its Medicaid plan were either ineligible when they enrolled or were not removed after they became ineligible.

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