Anderson, Indiana Man Sentenced On Health Care Fraud Charge
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on May 16, 2014, Donald Ray Keip, 39, of Anderson, Indiana, 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 Benton, Illinois. The district court sentenced Keip to serve five years of probation and 15 weekends in jail. The district court also ordered Keip to pay $12,000 in restitution to the Illinois Department of Human Services and $12,000 to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The court also ordered Keip to pay a special assessment of $100.00.
Keip 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. Keip admitted to falsely billing the program between June 30, 2011 and January 29, 2013, when he purportedly rendered personal assistant services to an individual when he, in fact, did not. As a result, Keip stole $24,000.00 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.
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 800.447.8477.