Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced charges against an Eagan man last week for alleged involvement in various billing-fraud schemes at the expense of Minnesota’s Medical Assistance program.

Abdifatah Ali, 39, of Eagan, owned and managed personal care assistant agency Diversity Home Health Care Inc. along with Kaldeq Yusef, 33 of Hopkins, according to a news release from Ellison’s office.

The pair allegedly stole the identities of multiple PCAs and used them to report thousands of hours of services that were not rendered.

They also arranged unlawful kickback agreements in which PCAs and recipients completed timesheets for services that were not provided, then split the PCAs’ paychecks.

Diversity received over $400,000 in Medicaid funds, according to the release.

The charges come in the context of a multi-state Midwest Health Care Fraud Takedown, a joint effort of state and federal authorities in Minnesota, Michigan, and Illinois that resulted in 66 people total being charged with Medicaid or Medicare fraud.

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