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Minnesota AG charges man alleged to have defrauded state of $260k

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Attorney General's Office on Wednesday, Jan 2, brought charges against a man alleged to have defrauded the state medical assistance program out of more than $260,000.

In a statement, Attorney General Lori Swanson said Abdi Ali Gure, of Bloomington, submitted false claims for care he hadn't received or from a provider not approved by the state.

Gure faces seven counts of theft by false representation for billing the Department of Human Services for personal care assistance services that weren't delivered between 2013 and 2015.

A charging document alleges that Gure was an owner of Diversified Home Care, Inc., which was enrolled in the Medicaid program as a personal care provider organization. Kyle Nessen, an investigator with the office's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, said Gure submitted false claims to the state and ran various schemes through the organization. The investigator alleged that Gure received $260,897.52 to which he wasn't entitled.

And that money benefitted Gure and his family, Nessen said, with Gure paying himself, his wife and his son more than $750,000 between 2011 and 2016.