Mother and Daughter Sentenced for Fraud on the Medicaid Home Services Program
On November 19, 2012, Generista Williams, 65, and Earlean Williams, 50, both of Centralia, IL were sentenced in the District Court in Benton, 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.
Earlean Williams was sentenced to two (2) years confinement in the Bureau of Prisons, two (2) year’s of supervised release following her confinement, a special assessment of $100, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $359.15 to the State of Illinois and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Generista Williams was sentenced to two (2) months confinement in the Bureau of Prisons, two (2) year’s of supervised release following her confinement, a special assessment of $100, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $359.15 to the State of Illinois and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Generista Williams and Earlean Williams, mother and daughter, 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. Both women admitted to 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 Earlean Williams performed 40 hours of personal assistant work for Generista Williams from August16 through August 31, 2011, even though the defendants knew that the personal assistant services were not performed and that Generista Williams did not reside at the address listed on the time sheet.
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. Attorneys Michael Quinley and George Norwood.