OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced Wednesday that Brandon LaFuente, 38, and Billy Wilkerson, Jr., 45, both of Edmond, pleaded nolo contendre in response to six charges filed by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU).
LaFuente and Wilkerson were employees at LaFuente Ocular Prosthetics (LOP), a contractor with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority providing Prosthetic Limb services to Medicaid recipients. After a complaint was filed with the AG’s Office, it was discovered that patients of LOP were cited for receiving a new prosthetic annually, an uncommon practice. Further investigation by the MFCU revealed that claims were submitted for services not provided.
LaFuente and Wilkerson were each charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the state of Oklahoma, making or causing to be made false claims under the Oklahoma Medicaid Program, failing to maintain records of claims submitted to Oklahoma Health Care Authority for services or goods, grand larceny, unlawful use of a computer to commit a criminal offense, and engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses.
LaFuente and Wilkerson will each serve a five-year deferred sentence and will pay restitution to the OHCA and fines totaling more than $12,000 each.