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New developments in I-Team investigation

Updated: Monday, September 3, 2012 |
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - There have been new developments in an I-Team Investigation we brought you on Thursday.

Aguilera Adult Advocate Care in Comstock Township is being accused of not paying employees for months.

Now, the business is under investigation for possible fraud.

The CEO claims she's running a medical telemarketing company that calls homebound Medicare beneficiaries and offers them home care with a large network of doctors.

However, the I-Team's findings have prompted state and federal officials to look into the company's business practices.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services say Aguilera Adult Advocate Care is not enrolled as a Medicare provider, and wanted Newschannel 3 to warn people about the business.

Tedarial Edwards Sr. said the company contacted him two weeks ago and asked if he was on Medicare.

As a homebound multiple sclerosis patient, he told them he was.

"They promised me a dietician to cook food and a physical therapy person and a home health aid, but none of that stuff has happened," Edwards said.

Newschannel 3 talked with several people hired by Micallela Aguilera, the CEO of Aguilera Adult Advocate Care.

Many say they have criminal records and were hired on the spot as telemarketers, and were given lists of telephone numbers of low-income elderly folks through a sales website.

They say they cold-called people using a script, asked if they were on Medicare, and then offered Medicare services, taking people's date of birth, social security and Medicare numbers.

We brought out findings to Senior Services of Southwest Michigan, and Lisa Fuller, their Regional Coordinator for Medicare says she sees red flags everywhere.

"She could be doing fraud of Medicare, billing Medicare for servies that were not rendered, or services that are higher than was provided, or she could be committing medical identity theft," said Fuller.

We discovered that Aguilera was leasing the office space in Comstock Township from Business One USA.

They say State Police arrived yesterday, and the locks were changed and electricity cut off, but they don't know why.

We also received a call from a home care agency on the east side of the state, as apparently Aguilera had tried to rent another office, but she police were called in, she took off.
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