Ohio couple to admit Medicaid fraud in nationwide sweep

COLUMBUS (AP) — Federal court documents say a central Ohio couple who ran a home-health-care agency plan to plead guilty in a Medicaid fraud scheme after authorities say they used $1 million in bogus claims to buy a high-end home.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Riyad Altallaa and Muna Alnoubani each agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced a nationwide takedown of Medicare fraud suspects on Wednesday. Authorities uncovered about $900 million in fraud.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the Hilliard-area couple ran Columbus Home Health Care Services. Investigators say they falsified home-health aides’ training records, forged time reports and charged Medicaid for services they never provided.

Defense attorney Steven Nolder says his clients look forward to “putting everything behind them.”