A Chicago woman was convicted by a federal jury last week on charges that she was involved in a scheme to defraud Medicare of about $7 million.
Prosecutors say the 42-year-old woman was employed by a local home health care firm, where she served as an assistant to one of its owners, a woman four years her elder. While serving as the owner’s assistant, investigators say she was involved in the billing of Medicare for products and services that were either unnecessary or never tendered.
According to the investigation, the defendant completed fake visit notes and other faked documents to support the fraudulent billing. They say she was also aware that the owner was also making cash payments to patients, which is illegal as well.
Investigators say the fraud continued for several years, first arising in 2011 and continuing through 2017. In that time, they say Medicare unknowingly filled the fraudulent billing requests, paying out around $7 million before the alleged fraud was discovered.
A jury seated in the chambers of U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northern District of Illinois found the defendant guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud after hearing four days of evidence. She will be sentenced on the conviction in October.
To date, three others have been charged with crimes arising from the same events. Late last month both owners pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, while a former nurse previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. All three await sentencing on the guilty pleas.
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