Patoka, IL Woman Sentenced for Fraud on the Medicaid Home Services Program
On November 19, 2012, Barbara Adams, 69, of Patoka, IL was sentenced in the District Court in East St. Louis, IL on one count of making False Statements related to Health Care Matters, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Barbara Adams was sentenced to five (5) year’s probation, a $100 special assessment, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $9,727.90 to the State of Illinois & Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Adams previously pled guilty to defrauding the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) Home Services Program, a Medicaid Waiver Program designed to prevent the unnecessary institutionalization of individuals who may instead be satisfactorily maintained at home at a lesser cost to the State. Adams admitted making a materially false statement in connection with the delivery of and payment for health care services by reporting on a Home Services Time Sheet sent to the Illinois Department of Human Services, Office of Rehabilitation Services that from August 1 through August 15, 2011, she used the name of a co-conspirator’s husband to claim personal assistant benefits, even though she and her co-conspirator knew that the husband did not perform any personal assistant services.
The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and the Illinois State Police, Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau (MFCB) located in DuQuoin and Collinsville. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Quinley.