Taos County Deputy Charged With Medicaid Fraud

TAOS– The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office has actually charged a Taos County deputy with 21 counts of scams, implicating him of billing the state’s Medicaid program for services he declared he supplied to a handicapped relative sometimes when he in fact was on task with the constable’s workplace.

Sgt. Ricky M. Romero, a not successful prospect for constable in the 2014 Democratic main election, deals with one count of Medicaid scams, 10 counts of perjury and 10 counts of falsification of files, inning accordance with a criminal grievance submitted Wednesday in a state District Court by a representative with the chief law officer’s Medicaid Fraud and Elder Abuse Division.

The problem declares Romero signed 10 time sheets and sent them with Options Home Care Inc., declaring he had actually offered “personal care services” to a handicapped relative in between April 2012 and September 2013. The time sheets were then used to costs Medicaid for the services.

But inning accordance with the problem, Romero was working for the constable’s department throughout the times when he declared to have actually been supplying take care of the relative.

Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe released a press release Wednesday revealing the charges.

” The accusations and charges are an outcome of an examination by the NM Attorney General’s Office,” the declaration states, including that Hogrefe “understood the examination and has actually complied with the detectives and supplied files upon their demand.”.

Hogrefe was chosen constable in 2014. He beat Romero and 6 other competitors in the Democratic main and dealt with a Republican challenger in the general election. Romero ended up sixth from the 8 Democrats in the congested main race.

Romero has actually been utilized with Taos County for over 16 years, the constable’s workplace press release states. It’s uncertain exactly what disciplinary action the workplace will take versus Romero. “Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe is not able to discuss exactly what work actions will be taken,” the declaration states, “mentioning he is not enabled by law to discuss workers matters.”.

In an interview with The Taos News on Wednesday afternoon, Hogrefe stated he will be carrying out an independent internal examination relating to the claims.

This story initially appeared in The Taos News, a sibling publication of The Santa Fe New Mexican.