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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

East Saint Louis Woman Pleads Guilty To Health Care Fraud

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today, that Beatrice L. Randall, 59, of East Saint Louis, Illinois, pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging that she engaged in a scheme to commit health care fraud. Sentencing has been set for December 5, 2014, in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. Randall will face up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to 3 years of supervised release.

Randall was a customer and beneficiary of the Illinois’ Home Services Program, which is a Medicaid Waiver Program designed to allow individuals to stay in their homes instead of entering a nursing home. At her plea hearing, Randall admitted that she had submitted, together with her personal assistant, false and fraudulent claims in regard to the hours of services performed by her personal assistant. The false billing occurred between October 15, 2012 and January 31, 2013.

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 William E. Coonan and Special Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Hallock.

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 February 19, 2015