Two Los Angeles Executives of Provider of Substance Abuse Treatments Billed to Drug Medi-Cal Indicted by Grand Jury

The Drug Medi-Cal program has been under a lot of scrutiny since 2013 when it was the subject of investigative reporting. In 2014, significant changes and audits were made.  Many facilities were closed. However, it seems that there are still criminal filings coming out of those past audits.On March 29, 2018, two executives at a South Los Angeles company that offered alcohol and drug abuse treatment services were indicted on federal charges that allege they defrauded the Medi-Cal program from 2009 to 2015 by submitting bills seeking more than $2 million for services that did not qualify for reimbursement or simply were never provided. An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court. The owner and executive director of The New You Center (TNYC)  Mesbel Mohamoud and her mother-in-law and co-founder and program director, Erlinda Abella, were taken into…

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