Two individuals are having to pay $315,380 for falsifying their income to unlawfully create eligibility for Mississippi Medicaid health care benefits for their dependents.
Manjit Kaur and Gurmej Singh reportedly received Medicaid benefits for their dependents despite not meeting low-income requirements. Kaur and Singh, a husband-wife duo, collectively owned and/or were associated with at least 15 convenience stores, gas stations, and wine stores located in Mississippi.
The two intentionally omitted their multiple businesses from health benefit applications. Kaur and Singh also own an 8,804-square-foot home located in Madison, which was most recently valued at $2.25 million.
Despite having these assets, the two represented on numerous Mississippi Medicaid healthcare benefit applications and renewals that Kaur was the sole source of income from one business receiving approximately $1,500 per month.
In addition, it was falsely documented that Singh was not residing in the home or contributing to the household income. As such, prosecutors allege that from January 1, 2016, to December 22, 2022, Kaur and Singh caused the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (MDOM) to pay $157,690 in federal healthcare coverage benefits on behalf of ineligible recipients.
“The Medicaid Program is intended to provide access to quality health coverage for our most vulnerable populations in Mississippi,” U.S. Attorney Darren LaMarca said. “Our office is committed to uncovering individual fraudsters and protecting the funding for eligible Mississippians and their families.”
The Medicaid program is a state and federally-funded health benefits program intended to assist low-income individuals and families. MDOM is the single state agency responsible for administering these healthcare benefits for those eligible.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, and supported by the MDOM and the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.