Last February, an Illinois woman was convicted in federal court of scamming a Medicaid program designed to care for the elderly in their own homes.The woman, Ann Marie Sheppard, 55, of O’Fallon, Illinois, billed Medicaid for $35,168 worth of services that she never provided to her clients over a nearly two-year period, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. Sheppard spent part of that time vacationing in Costa Rica and taking a Caribbean cruise.
As it turns out, this sort of rip-off of the multi-billion-dollar Medicaid Personal Care Services program administered by the states is fairly common, according to a recent Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General’s advisory report.
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Indeed, the Inspector General’s office investigated more than 200 cases of fraud and abuse of the program since 2012 and …
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Disturbing Abuse in Medicaid's $14 Billion Personal Care Program – The Fiscal Times