Diana L. Van Etten, 34, of O'Fallon, was sentenced in federal court Friday to two years probation after making false claims for fraudulent prescriptions to be filed with Medicaid.
At the time of the offense, Van Etten was a licensed practical nurse in Illinois. From around 2010 through Jan. 12, Van Etten was employed as a nurse at Caseyville Nursing Home, in Caseyville. While she worked at Caseyville Nursing Home, Van Etten would sign Hydrocodone out as if she were giving it to nursing home residents, but she would consume the Hydrocodone herself.
She would fax false prescription requests for Hydrocodone to the pharmacy and would steal whole cards of Hydrocodone that were supposed to go to residents. Van Etten also diverted Hydrocodone for her personal use from numerous nursing home residents. In this way, Van Etten caused 11 false claims to be submitted to the Illinois Medicaid Program for fraudulent prescriptions. She pleaded guilty to health care fraud in June 2012.
The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- Office of Inspector General, the Illinois State Police -- Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau and the Caseyville Police Department.