A Lynn man has been sentenced to jail for stealing more than $24,500 in a check scam that targeted MassHealth’s transportation program, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.
Eliu Matos, 44, pleaded guilty on Monday in Suffolk Superior Court to presentation of false claims and larceny over $250, Coakley’s office said in a statement. The charges stemmed from Matos’s cashing $24,698 in fraudulent transportation reimbursement checks, according to a statement.
Superior Court Judge Carol Ball sentenced Matos to two years, ruling that he will serve one year and the balance will be suspended for a probationary period of three years.
Matos operated the scam with his partner, Marilyn Beltran, 42, of Lynn, who allegedly stole more than $490,000 from MassHealth by fraudulently filing transportation reimbursement claims.
Beltran worked as a specialist for Maximus, a private contractor for MassHealth’s transportation programs. She was responsible for entering transportation reimbursement information into a system so that eligible MassHealth members could receive assistance for travel to medical appointments, the statement said.
The attorney general’s office investigation found that Beltran fraudulently filed transportation reimbursement claims for family members and deposited or cashed the checks from October 2003 to July 2012—and Matos knowingly participated in the scam, the statement said.
Beltran pleaded guilty in December 2013 and was sentenced to one to two years in state prison.