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Carterville Nurse Sentenced on Felony Drug and Health Care Fraud Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

BENTON, Ill. – A Carterville man was sentenced on Thursday, September 16 to four years of probation 
for drug diversion and health care fraud charges. Joseph M. Mattingly, 42, was also ordered to pay 
a $500 fine along with a $200 special assessment.

According to court documents, Mattingly diverted Schedule II controlled substance (Hydrocodone) 
pills from a patient and defrauded the Medicare program of the cost of the pills.

In 2018, Mattingly was employed as a nurse with Progress Port, a center for adults with 
intellectual disabilities  in  Williamson  County.  Between  August  20,  2018  and  October  30,  
2018,  Mattingly obtained  possession  of  25  Hydrocodone  pills  he  falsely  claimed  he  
dispended  to  a  Progress  Port resident,  which  he  diverted  for  his  own  personal  use.    
Mattingly  took  three  Hydrocodone  pills intended for the same Progress Port resident and 
replaced those pills with Tylenol, an over-the-counter medication at three separate locations.

The investigation was conducted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 
Office of Inspector General - Office of Investigations and the Illinois State Police Medicaid Fraud 
Control Bureau.

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 you may call 1.800.447.8477.

Updated September 20, 2021