Frozen Meal Delivery Company Illegally Billed Medicaid $900,000, Suit Says

KIMBERLY • Federal prosecutors say a local meal delivery service bilked Medicaid out of nearly $900,000.

Homestyle Direct, based in Kimberly, illegally billed Medicaid for $888,152, delivered meals to deceased clients, lied to clients about Medicaid requirements, and continued to deliver meals to clients who used Medicaid even when they were hospitalized, prosecutors say.

The company violated the False Claims Act and several state laws, says a lawsuit filed in federal civil court in Boise on Tuesday.

Homesyle Direct cooks menu items weekly in its kitchen, then flash-freezes them and packs them in dry ice for delivery and shipping. The meals are delivered to the elderly and homebound. Some are covered by Medicaid; some pay for the meals themselves.

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