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Two plead guilty to Medicaid funds fraud

EAST ST. LOUIS – Two area women have pleaded guilty to Medicaid funds fraud

Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said Tamekia Hall, 38, of East St. Louis, pleaded guilty Thursday 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 Hall was falsifying time sheets in order to receive personal assistant payments during times when the customer was actually in the hospital.

Also, Thursday, Maketa Davis, 33, of East St. Louis, pleaded guilty to the same charge. The investigation determined that Davis was falsifying time sheets in order receive personal assistant payments during times when she was actually working at Lessie Bates Neighborhood House, a family assistance center.

The cases stem from an emphasis on targeting those involved in the blatant theft of funds from cash-strapped programs designed to help persons in need, Wigginton said.

“These are just another two prosecutions in the long line of successes stemming from these operations, dubbed, ‘Home Alone.’ While not representing enormous thefts, the importance of these cases lies in the recovery of the funds and in the message sent to potential thieves – do so at your peril.”

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. These cases are being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Michael Hallock

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