JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A couple who own a $1.3 million home in Mississippi has agreed to pay $130,000 to resolve allegations that they falsely claimed low income to get Medicaid health coverage for their dependents, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Gurdev Kamboj, who goes by the name David Singh, said they made an honest mistake at a time when he was living in Louisiana and his wife in Mississippi.
The settlement covers False Claims Act allegations against him and Manpreet Kamboj without any decision about liability, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca.
The couple owned or were associated with 48 convenience store/gas stations in Mississippi and Louisiana but claimed in Mississippi Medicaid applications and renewals that their household income came from one such outlet, prosecutors contend. Prosecutors also allege that the paperwork said one member of the couple was unemployed.
Singh said his wife was not working, and they did not realize he was responsible for their children’s medical bills.
“We didn’t try to hide nothing,” he said. “She didn’t have the income. It just belonged to me.”
The couple received more than $70,000 in health care coverage benefits to which they were not entitled from Aug. 29, 2011, to Feb. 28, 2022, according to LaMarca. He said their five-bedroom 7,850 square foot home in Madison, Mississippi, was most recently valued at $1.3 million.