Ramsey Man Sentenced on Health Care Fraud Charge
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on March 7, 2014, William Dale Sidener, 31, of Ramsey, Illinois, was sentenced on the one-count indictment charging that he engaged in a scheme to commit health care fraud in the United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. The district court sentenced Sidener to serve three years of probation, with the three months to be in home confinement. The district court also ordered Sidener to pay $4,677.75 in restitution to the Illinois Department of Human Services and pay a special assessment of $100.00.
During his plea hearing, Sidener admitted that he had submitted false and fraudulent bills in relation to his alleged performance 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. Sidener admitted to falsely billing the program between November 2012 and February 2013, when he moved away from the person for whom he was supposed to be caring. As a result, Sidener improperly received $4,677.00 in payments for services not performed.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the Illinois State Police Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Liam Coonan.