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St. Louis personal care attendant sentenced for Medicaid fraud

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Staff writer ▼ | July 5, 2016
Chris Koster
Personal care   Three concurrent five-year prison sentences

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced that a judge has sentenced personal care attendant, Yvonne Conley of St. Louis, to three concurrent five-year prison sentences.

The execution of those sentences was suspended, and Ms. Conley was placed on probation for five years and ordered to pay $25,000 to Missouri’s Medicaid program. Ms. Conley’s sentencing comes after her May 10, 2016, guilty pleas to two class C felonies of Medicaid fraud and a class C felony of stealing by deceit.

The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Division investigated Ms. Conley and determined that, for nearly a year, she fraudulently claimed to provide in-home personal care services to as many as six Medicaid participants.

Ms. Conley worked for four personal care companies that contracted with Medicaid to provide personal care services to Medicaid participants. As a personal care attendant, Ms. Conley was to provide health care services to the companies’ clients in the clients’ homes.

Ms. Conley was to submit care visit reports to each of her personal care company employers documenting the health care services she had provided to the company’s Medicaid clients.

However, for dates of service January 2, 2012, through October 26, 2012, Ms. Conley routinely claimed that she was in two or three Medicaid participants’ homes providing health care, on the same date, and at the same time.

Ms. Conley’s employers, unaware of her conflicting representations, submitted claims to Medicaid based upon Ms. Conley’s fraudulent care visit reports.

The court ordered Ms. Conley to pay Missouri Medicaid $3,750 in restitution $11,250 in damages, and $10,000 in civil penalties.

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