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Local man accused of defrauding Medicaid agrees to pay $375K
By Kevin Murphy

For the Times

MADISON - A Monroe man who allegedly received $1.539 million in overpayments for transporting Medicaid patients recently agreed to pay $375,000 to settle the False Claims Act lawsuit the U.S. government filed to recover the funds.

Anthony R. Anglin's Anglin Transport Services, Inc., only owned a 1994 Dodge van when he submitted 55,778 reimbursement claims for specialized transportation of Medicaid patients between February 2006 and May 2010.

The civil suit alleged the company submitted reimbursement claims for Medicaid patients it didn't transport on the date specified or did not have the cot and stretcher equipment for which it billed Medicaid at a higher rate.

Anglin, 31, was convicted in Green County Circuit in January 2012 of Medicaid fraud. He was placed on five years of probation with a year in jail with Huber privileges. He also was to reimburse the Medicaid program for funds he received by fraud.

However, according to the civil suit, while the Green County case was proceeding, Anglin began disposing of the real estate and construction equipment he previously purchased with the fraudulently obtained Medicaid funds.

In October 2011, Anglin sold three properties in Monroe, receiving at least $197,927 for them.

Anglin deposited some of the sale proceeds into bank accounts of Anglin, LLC, which was his concrete and excavating business.

In the judgment U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb approved Feb. 28, Anglin admitted to violating the False Claims Act but did not have the ability to repay Medicaid for its entire loss.

The judgment allowed the government to immediately take the $12,950 Anglin made from a real estate sale and the balance of two accounts with the New Glarus Bank, which totaled $6,319.

Until the judgment is satisfied, Anglin agreed to make $600 monthly payments and submit twice yearly financial statements, which would reflect any increase in Anglin's future ability to pay.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Trillo said he could not disclose Anglin's personal financial information, but the amount of the judgment indicates what "we can get" from him.

Although Anglin has business assets, they are exempt from the judgment because the court considers them necessary to maintain his business and continue to make ordered payments, said Trillo.

Anglin's attorney Richard Coad said his client has "taken his lumps but intends to pay back every penny of this."

"This agreement is good for both sides ... The government gets some money right away and the plan payment will net the government more money (in the future)," Coad said.

Anglin paid $7,619 toward the $110,417 restitution ordered when sentenced in Green County in 2012 for Medicaid fraud, said Department of Human Services spokesman Stephanie Smiley.