Prosecutor: NY man charged in $6,500 CT Medicaid scheme

A New York City man was arrested this week for his role in a scheme to defraud the state’s Medicaid program, according to the state’s attorney’s office.

Esson Gillyard, 26, of Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn, N.Y., was charged Monday with one count each of first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community, first-degree conspiracy to commit larceny by defrauding a public community, health insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit health insurance fraud.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Gillyard was hired in 2017 to provide home care services to a participant in the state’s Personal Care Assistance program.

“Instead, he entered into an agreement with the participant to bill the program for services that he never provided,” officials said in a release.

“The participant would approve the bogus billings, and when Gillyard received payment, he would split the proceeds with the participant.”

Authorities said the scheme bilked the Medicaid program of $6,495.87 from December 2017 to April 2018.

Medicaid is a federal and state taxpayer-funded program that provides health care to low- and no-income individuals. The Personal Care Assistance Program is a federal- and state-funded Medicaid program that allows eligible participants to hire others to assist with their daily care.

Gillyard was released on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court on Dec. 14.