The federal government is filing a lawsuit against a Monroe man accused of filing thousands of false Medicaid claims and using that money for his own personal purchases.
According to a criminal complaint, Anthony Anglin filed more than 100,000 claims over the course of four years, and all of those claims were filed under his business, Anglin Transport. As a result, he collected almost $1.5 million, according to the complaint.
"If you decide that you're going to pad those claims or add false claims, it adds up pretty quickly over a period of years," U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil said.
Court documents said between February 2006 and May 2010, Anglin Transport submitted 55,788 claims to Medicaid for reimbursements. All of those claimed the company transported people by cot or stretcher. Another 46,620 claims were filed under a separate category, still alleging Anglin was running a legitimate ambulance type of service for Medicaid recipients, according to the complaint.
Vaudreuil said all of those claims were false.
"Either he didn't do any transportation, (it's) just bogus, or you did some transportation, but not in the manner that called for a higher reimbursement," Vaudreuil said.
The complaint said Anglin used proceeds from Medicaid to benefit his other business, Anglin LLC. In addition, he spent some of the money on personal investments, including two cars, multiple ATVs and a boat, according to the complaint.
Investigators said Anglin also sold off properties allegedly purchased with the Medicaid money. The complaint said Anglin deposited about $135,465 into Anglin LLC accounts, selling two Monroe properties. WISC-TV visited both homes. One appeared to be vacant. The homeowner answered the door at the other house and said Anglin was staying with her and her daughter temporarily.
WISC-TV also stopped by the property listed as Anglin's home, which is also listed for Anglin LLC. No one answered the door. A real estate agent said the house had been successfully sold for about $384,000.
Green County Sheriff's Department Lt. Paul Weichbrod said Anglin is still being electronically monitored after a criminal fraud conviction in 2012.
Vaudreuil said the judge granted some unusual permissions in this case, allowing federal marshals to seize and hold on to some of Anglin's valuable items before the civil suit has even gone to court.
"When the lawsuit is finally sorted out, if we do in fact prevail, we can have things and start getting our money back," Vaudreuil said.
Vaudreuil said things got suspicious back in December 2008. That's when Anglin allegedly fired a secretary for not filing the Medicaid claims according to his instructions. Once that happened, Vaudreuil said Anglin started personally submitting claims in bulk, some from years before.
Investigators with Wisconsin's Medicaid Fraud Control and Elder Abuse Unit tipped off the U.S. Attorney's Office to the case.
"Conduct like this case causes people to think it's just a scam, and that's so unfortunate," Vaudreuil said.
Messages for Anglin and his attorney went unanswered.