Belleville Woman Admits To Defrauding Taxpayers
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on November 10, 2014, Connie D. Evans, 50, of Belleville, Illinois, pled guilty to an indictment charging that she engaged in a scheme to commit health care fraud. Sentencing has been set for February 5, 2015, in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. Evans will face up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to 3 years of supervised release.
During her plea hearing, Evans admitted that she had submitted false and fraudulent bills in relation to her 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. Evans admitted to falsely billing the program between November 15, 2012 and May 15, 2013. The indictment charges that Evans submitted claims for 140 hours of personal assistant services during times when the customer was in a medical treatment facility receiving dialysis treatments.
This prosecution is part of the third wave of the “Operation Home Alone” initiative announced on June 5, 2014, by United States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton. 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 Ranley Killian, Assistant United States Attorney Scott Verseman, and Special Assistant United States Attorney Michael Hallock.