Friday, October 28, 2005
Attorney General Abbott Obtains Guilty Plea From Former Adult Day Care Operator In NacogdochesNACOGDOCHES - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Medicaid fraud prosecutors, working through the office of Nacogdoches County District Attorney Stephanie Stephens, obtained a guilty plea Thursday from Archie W. Hartsfield, 68, of El Paso, the former operator of a Nacogdoches Medicaid-funded adult day care.
Hartsfield operated the Field of Hearts Center and was indicted by a grand jury in September, 2003, on charges that he billed Medicaid for residents who were never in his care at the facility. The violation is a second-degree felony and Hartsfield must remit over $65,000 to the Medicaid program as part of his plea.
"Texans should be aware of these schemers across the state who are brazenly stealing from the Medicaid system," said Attorney General Abbott. "I will make every effort to expose each and every scam artist who exploits this system for gain, all without a thought for those the system is designed to protect."
The fraud for which Hartsfield was charged took place from about January, 1999, through October, 2001. He will serve 10 years probation and, in addition to restitution to Medicaid for reimbursements wrongly paid to him, will pay a fine of $1,000. The Field of Hearts Center, formerly located at 510 E. Main, was corporately chartered as Bobbie's Services Inc.
The case against Hartsfield reflects Attorney General Abbott's ongoing commitment to crack down on those who defraud Medicaid across the state. To obtain more information about the Attorney General's efforts to fight Medicaid fraud, access the agency's Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.