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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 10, 2014

Centreville Woman Sentenced For Health Care Fraud

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Valerie W. Johnson, 56, of Centreville, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois on one count of Health Care Fraud.

Johnson was sentenced to five (5) years’ probation, a special assessment of $100, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $7,842.46. Johnson previously pled guilty to submitting false and fraudulent bills in relation to her receipt of 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 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 Attorneys 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