The Poster Boy for Abuse of Authority,
Ethical Misconduct and Conflicts of Interest
The Medicaid Transportation Billing Scandal
Soon after Governor Charlie Baker's administration came into office in January of 2014 many state agencies underwent extensive budget audits including one involving Medicaid benefits paid to state contract vendors administered through MassHealth for non-emergency medical transportation services. Those audits conducted by the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) targeted a single vendor (Rite Way LLC) whose billing practices were the most egregious. Those audits also resulted in a dramatic reduction in monthly payments made to other, similar vendors, from whom sufficient claims records (in Rite Way LLC's particular case PT-l forms or MNFs, so-called Medical Necessity Forms), and other proof-of-service documentation, was lacking.

Please Google: Office of the State Auditor (OSA) - Annual Report: Medicaid Audit Unit [from] March 14, 2015 - March 15, 2016, issued March 15, 2016; as well as the: OSA's Office of Medicaid (MassHealth) - Claims for Wheelchair Van Services Submitted by Rite Way LLC: Official Audit Report - Issued October 5, 2015 (Audit No. 2015-1374-3M9). See also: State Auditor Suzzanne M. Bump's press release dated October 5, 2015 "Audit Finds More Than $16 Million in Potentially Fraudulent Billings from MassHea1th Vendor"; and Boston Globe article by Felicia J. Freyer dated October 5,2015 "Company billed $16m for unnecessary van rides, auditor says."

During that audit period between September of 2014 and February of 2015, GATRA reduced its Medicaid payments to Plimoth Transportation from approximately $31,300 to approximately $17,300 a month, a reduction of approximately forty-five (45%) percent (That 6 month period is readily available to the public on GATRA's website: Open Government>>Open Checkbook function, but erroneously lists the dates as being 07/31/14 through 12/31/14). It may never be known for certain whether GATRA's actions resulted from billing irregularities by Plimoth Transportation, but the timing and facts speak for themselves.
Meanwhile, during that same period of time, from July 31, 2014 through February 28, 2015, Plimoth Transportation had gradually escalated its monthly billing through CCRTA from $11,193.00 to $23,830.99, an increase of more than one hundred (100%+) percent.
Retirees, the poor and those living on fixed incomes who are dependent on Medicaid and MassHealth face a future of uncertainty, as those government benefits remain under constant threat of budget cuts and insolvency, in part due to corruption, fraud and abuse. The legislative intent behind the creation of both Medicaid and MassHealth was to help the needy, not Scott Vecchi.
Perhaps the State Auditor's Office should take a closer look at the billing practices and Medicaid/MassHealth payments made to Plimoth Transportation, as it did with Right Way LLC, and if appropriate, seek restitution of any monies that might have been wrongfully paid for transportation services that can not be properly documented.
During the past six (6) years, Scott Vecchi, through his business, Plimoth Transportation, has profiteered from the heroin and opioid epidemic to the tune of more than two and a third million dollars. As a law-enforcement officer and alleged "public servant" that is not a bad take, particularly for a seif-proclaimed crusader, fighting the scourge of substance abuse.
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Note: All of the above-mentioned information is available to the public over the internet, or in the form of public records that can be produced in response to requests made pursuant to the Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 United States Code section 552, and/or the Massachusetts Public Records statute, Massachusetts General Laws chapter 66, section 10, and can be accessed from the following municipal, county and state offices, agencies and authorities: Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority; Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services; Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance; Massachusetts Office of the Secretary of State; Massachusetts State Auditor, Massachusetts State Ethics Commission; the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority; Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional transit Authority; the Suffolk County Superior Court, the Town of Plymouth; and the Plymouth Police Department, among others.
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In Memoriam
This site is dedicated in memory of Attorney, photographer, graphic artist and website designer, dedicated husband,
father and fisherman extraordinaire, Luke Sweeney (April 30 1954 - August 30, 2016)