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Home health worker accused of fraud
Rochester, NY - A Rochester home health care aide is facing felony charges, accused of Medicaid theft.
Alicia Santiago, is accused of submitting phony time sheets to Innovative Care, LLC, which, relying on Santiago's false time sheets, billed Medicaid for work Santiago had not performed.
The defendant was arrested Tuesday night and arraigned in the Town of Gates Justice Court.
"We want to send a clear message that Medicaid fraud will not be tolerated and that unscrupulous caregivers will be held accountable."said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
According to the felony complaint, Santiago, 54, claimed to work 186 hour from November 2012 to April 2013 when she was actually working as a certified nurse aide at the Brighton Manor Nursing Home during those hours.
Based upon these time sheets, Innovative Care billed the Medicaid Program $3,958.23, and Santiago received approximately $1,800 in pay for the hours of alleged falsely reported services.
Santiago was arraigned on one count each of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree.
She faces a maximum penalty of 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison if convicted.