DECATUR – Two female home care aides who defrauded Medicaid have been placed on probation and ordered to repay taxpayers.
One of the women, Cassandra Miller from Decatur, pleaded guilty to providing false time sheets between Aug. 7, 2015, and April 5, 2016. Miller, 51, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court on Feb. 21 and was sentenced to four years of probation and 50 hours of community service. She was ordered to pay restitution of more than $5,000.
The other woman, Monica Brown, 43, from Chicago, appeared in court in Chicago on Feb. 16 and admitted billing for services to a person who had been dead for 2½ years. She was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution of $30,822.
The Illinois State Police Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau said it had caught both women in two investigations that targeted the activities of the women who were supposed to be providing services to people who need help looking after themselves.
“Unfortunately, this type of fraud is something we continue to see all too often,” said State Police director Leo P. Schmitz. “There are limited funds and resources for individuals who truly need the help, and Medicaid recipients will continue to suffer as a result of criminals who defraud the system.”
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said the two suspects had preyed on a state-administered government program that is already “under tremendous strain.” She added: “Vulnerable residents of Illinois rely on home care workers. We will continue to prosecute individuals who abuse this program.”