42.8 F

AG Announces Sentencing in Medicaid Fraud Case


TolbertAttorney General Adam Laxalt announced this week that the owner of a local behavioral health firm was sentenced for fraud-related charges.

“Malayla, Inc., doing business as No Child Left Behind Behavioral Health Services (NCLB) in Northern Nevada, and its owner, Candia Alea Tolbert, 39, of Reno, were sentenced for Medicaid fraud. The frauds were committed between September 2011 and December 2014,” Laxalt said.

District Court Judge Elliott Sattler sentenced NCLB to one count of submitting false claims, a felony, and he ordered the company to pay more than $100,000 in restitution, Laxalt noted. Tolbert was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

“Medicaid is designed to be used by those in need of its services, not by fraudulent companies looking to fill their personal bank accounts,” Laxaltsaid . “My office is committed to vigorously pursuing those who seek to defraud this program and deprive vulnerable children relying on these services.”

Laxalt said that NCLB operated a program providing Medicaid services but children, in many cases, did not receive the services even when the company was collecting funds.

“Its owner failed to maintain accurate records for the services that were actually provided by NCLB or herself,” he added.

Anyone wishing to report suspicious activities regarding any related fraud may contact the MFCU at 702-486-3420 or 775-684-1100.

This Is Reno is your source for award-winning independent, online Reno news and events since 2009. We are locally owned and operated.