(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Troy King announced Wednesday that Louis G. Tucker of Montgomery has been convicted of Medicaid fraud for billing the Alabama Medicaid Agency for a specialized wheelchair that he never delivered to a resident of Father Walter Memorial Child Care Center in Montgomery.
Tucker, 43 years of age and the former owner of Mobility Experts, a medical equipment company, pleaded guilty wednesday to the felony before Montgomery County Circuit Judge William Shashy.
After accepting his guilty plea, Judge Shashy sentenced Tucker to two years, which was suspended, and placed him on three years supervised probation.
Tucker also was ordered to pay more than $8,200 in restitution.
“It is an appalling crime to take money from a program struggling to meet desperate needs, under the pretense that it was for sick children’s medical equipment,” said Attorney General King.
“Let today’s conviction send a message that we will find and prosecute those who commit such crimes, and they will be punished.”
The case was investigated by Special Investigator John Russell of the Alabama Medicaid Agency and Special Agent Tracey Edwards of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
The case was prosecuted by the Unit’s director, Assistant Attorney General Bruce Lieberman.