East St. Louis Woman Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on September 26, 2013, Sherri Goree, 36, of East St. Louis, IL, pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging that she engaged in a scheme to commit health care fraud. At her sentencing, Goree will face up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and up to 3 years of supervised release. Sentencing has been set for January 31, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois.
During her plea hearing, Goree admitted that she had submitted, and caused to be submitted, false and fraudulent bills in regard to the providing 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. Goree admitted that she falsely billed the program for services that were supposed to have been provided for her by a family member; however, the family member was residing in Texas during times that the services were supposed to have been provided for Goree.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; Illinois State Police; and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ranley R. Killian and William E. Coonan.
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.