MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s attorney general’s office says it has charged 11 people with defrauding the state’s Medicaid program of more than $800,000.

Attorney General Keith Ellison said in a statement Friday that the charges involve nine different cases. The announcement comes on the heels of an investigation into a northern Minnesota care center that bilked Medicaid out of nearly $2.2 million.

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Among those charged Friday were 33-year-old Kaldeq Yusuf, of Hopkins, and 39-year-old Abdifatah Ali, of Eagan, who owned and managed Diversity Home Health Care, Inc. The company allegedly received over $400,000 in a scheme that involved stealing the identities of numerous personal care assistant agencies in order to bill for services that were not completed, as well as unlawful kickback agreements.

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Court documents do not list attorneys for Yusuf and Ali.

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