WA Attorney General charges Spokane-based health business with fraud, organized crime

SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed charges in Spokane County Superior Court against Paul Means and his business, Abilia Healthcare.

Means is charged with:

  • Leading organized crime
  • First-degree theft
  • Two counts of use of proceeds of criminal profiteering
  • 20 counts of money laundering
  • 43 counts of Medicaid false statement
  • Witness tampering

Abilia Healthcare is charged with:

  • Leading organized crime
  • First-degree theft

Charging documents say that Means and Abilia Healthcare billed Washington Medicaid more than $5 million in services he falsely claimed between 2017 and November 2020.

The documents allege nearly every claim filed during this period contained a fraudulent assertion, including fabricating diagnoses for patients and billing got psychotherapy that never occurred.

If Means is and his business are convicted, the AG’s office will be seeking a sentence above the standard range.

This case was investigated by the Medicaid Fraud Control Division of the Attorney General’s Office.

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