Decatur Woman to Serve 18 Months in Prison for Defrauding Home Services Program
URBANA, Ill., -- A Decatur, Ill., woman, Charissie Davis, was sentenced this afternoon to serve 18 months in federal prison for defrauding the Home Services Program, a Medicaid waiver program. The health care benefit program provides funding to pay personal assistants who aid qualifying disabled individuals in performing household tasks and personal care. With the permission of a doctor, the personal assistant may also perform certain health care procedures.
Davis, 44, of the 2500 block of E. Prairie St., pled guilty on May 5, 2017, to submitting falsified Home Services Program time sheets for payment. Davis admitted that she filled in hours worked by her son for services that he never provided from February 2011 to February 2013, and from June 2013 to March 2014. In fact, Davis’s son did not provide personal assistant services to Davis because he was incarcerated. Davis signed the time sheets herself and forged her son’s signature. When Davis received payment, she endorsed the checks by signing her son’s name.
Davis was ordered to surrender to the federal Bureau of Prisons on Jan. 23, 2018. She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $50,244.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugene L. Miller prosecuted the case which was investigated by the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.