BATON ROUGE, LA – Five Louisiana Medicaid recipients have been arrested
on charges related to welfare fraud, announced Louisiana Attorney General Jeff
Landry. The arrests come after investigations by the Louisiana Bureau of
Investigation, the Louisiana Department of Health, and the Louisiana
Legislative Auditor’s Office.
“It is troubling when people fraudulently receive
benefits meant for those most in need,” said General Landry. “These arrests
highlight the need to bolster our State’s vetting efforts on those applying for
Naji Khlaed Abdelsalam, 33 of Alexandria, was arrested
on one count of theft over $25,000, one count of government benefits fraud, and
one count of filing or maintaining false public records. He is alleged to have
provided false information regarding his income and employment status in order
to obtain welfare benefits for himself, his wife, and his five children. His
family allegedly had over $40,000 worth of claims paid by the Medicaid program
despite Mr. Abdelsalam’s ownership of several businesses – including two
convenience stores, a tire service business, and a multi-million dollar
Medicaid provider company. Abdelsalam was also charged by General Landry’s
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with ten counts of medicaid fraud and one count of
criminal conspiracy for alleged crimes committed as a provider.
Harold Lejeune, 52 of Lafayette, was arrested on one
count of theft between $5,000 and $25,000. He allegedly received tens of
thousands of dollars in benefits, while averaging at least twice the monthly
income limit for Medicaid.
Elton Miller, 43 of St. James, was arrested on one count
of filing or maintaining false public records. While allegedly receiving
several thousands of dollars in benefits, he was earning nearly twice the
monthly limit for Medicaid.
Nolan Mallery, 45 of St. Martinville, was arrested on
one count of filing or maintaining false public records. He is alleged to
have committed fraud by claiming his child resided with him and not the mother,
whose income was well above the eligibility requirements for Medicaid benefits.
Jeannie Lee Herman, 60 of Bossier City, was arrested on
one count of government benefits fraud and one count of filing or maintaining
false public records. She allegedly claimed income of $150 weekly, but filed
income taxes showing an income over $40,000 annually.
“Attorney General Landry and I are working closely
together; and we are committed to finding any recipients who have falsified
their information to gain benefits and rooting such fraud from our program,”
said Legislative Auditor Darryl Purpera.
“I am thankful for the collaborative efforts of the LBI,
the LDH, and the LLA,” concluded General Landry. “I hope to continue working
closely together with these agencies so we may protect our State’s precious
resources and save our taxpayer’s hard-earned money.”
To report fraud or abuse in the Medicaid program, please
call Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at