Prisoner submitted false Medicaid bills – from jail

A jail inmate who submitted false Medicaid bills while incarcerated has pleaded guilty to a related charge.

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said Christopher Spivey, 30, pleaded guilty Wednesday to submitting false and fraudulent bills in relation to personal assistant services in the Home Services Program, a Medicaid Waiver Program designed to allow individuals to stay in their homes instead of entering a nursing home.

The investigation determined that Spivey was submitting bills claiming to care for the customer while he was incarcerated in Richland County Jail in Olney, Ill. No other details were immediately released.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General and the Illinois State Police’s Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Liam Coonan and Special Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Hallock.

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