The mother of a disabled adult submitted false time sheets to Medicaid for personal care work that Power's daughters did not perform for their sister.
The mother of a disabled adult submitted false time sheets to Medicaid for personal care work that Power’s daughters did not perform for their sister.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Wednesday arraignment, guilty plea and sentencing of Patricia A. Power, 63, of 4832 Rushmore Road, Farmington. Power pleaded guilty for petit larceny based upon criminal charges filed by Schneiderman’s office.
The mother of a disabled adult from Farmington, Power submitted phony time sheets to Medicaid for personal care work that her daughters did not perform for their sister, according to the attorney general.
“This defendant – through greed – exploited a program that permitted a disabled person to be given care by someone they knew and trusted,” stated Attorney General Schneiderman in a release. “We are working hard to protect the integrity of our healthcare system by pursuing those who steal from Medicaid for their own profit.”
Power submitted time sheets to the Center for Disability Rights indicating her other daughters Michelle Cheney and Melinda Rodas provided home care services for approximately 291 hours between September 2013 and April 2014, for their sister. Yet surveillance video taken by the Attorney General’s office shows Cheney and Rodas did not work those hours. Based upon the false time sheets, the Center for Disability Rights billed the State Medicaid Program $5,034.30 and paid out wages to Cheney and Rodas.
Town of Farmington Justice Morris Lew sentenced Power to a one year conditional discharge. Power will also pay restitution in the amount of $4,273.88 as part of her sentencing.
The investigation was led by Senior Investigator Arthur Vasile, Auditor/ Investigator Jodie Dineen with the assistance of MFCU Chief Investigator-Upstate William Falk and Regional Chief Auditor Investigator Thomas Clarke. Special Assistant Attorney General Timothy McFarland, of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s Rochester Regional Office, is prosecuting the case under the supervision of Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Regional Director and Chief of Criminal Investigations – Upstate, Catherine Wagner.
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is led by Acting Director Amy Held. The Division of Criminal Justice is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Kelly Donovan.