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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cahokia Woman Sentenced For Health Care Fraud

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Karashia A. Tabbs, 46, of Cahokia, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois on one count of Health Care Fraud.

Tabbs was sentenced to five years’ probation, a special assessment of $100, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $4,594. Tabbs previously pled guilty to submitting false and fraudulent bills in relation to personal assistant services in the Home Services Program, a Medicaid Waiver Program designed to allow individuals to stay in their homes instead of entering a nursing home. The investigation determined that Tabbs was submitting bills claiming to care for a person who was at the time residing in the state of Texas, while Tabbs was living in Cahokia, Illinois.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General and the Illinois State Police’s Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ranley R. Killian.

If you suspect or know of an individual or company that is not complying with healthcare laws or public aid programs, you may report this activity to the local office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General or call 1-800-447-8477.

Updated February 19, 2015