Alleged Scammer Used Low-Income Individuals’ Personal Information to Submit $4 Million in False Claims

  • New York AG Letitia James sued Leslie Montgomery, d/b/a Healthy Living Community Center, and several companies owned and controlled by her, including LCM Livery P/U, Inc. (collectively “Montgomery”), over allegations that Montgomery used fraudulently obtained personal information to submit false claims to a Medicaid-funded organization in violation of the New York State False Claims Act, Section 145-b of New York’s Social Services Law, and other state laws.
  • The complaint alleges that Montgomery used advertisements for a fake housing assistance program to lure low-income individuals into providing their Medicaid numbers and other personal information, and then used that information to submit false claims totaling more than $4 million to the Medicaid-funded MetroPlus program for custom-molded back braces that were unnecessary, and never ordered by or provided to patients.
  • The complaint seeks forfeiture of proceeds, treble and exemplary damages, interest, costs, and attorney’s fees. Leslie Montgomery and LCM Livery are also under indictment in a parallel criminal proceeding.