Caseyville man sentenced in health care fraud case

News-DemocratMay 21, 2013 

A Caseyville man was sentenced for Medicare and Medicaid fraud in the Southern District Court in East St. Louis Tuesday.

Daniel Geary, 39, of Caseyville, was sentenced to time served, three years of supervised released, a fine of $100 and ordered to pay restitution of $420 to the state of Illinois and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Geary pleaded guilty to one count of false statement related to health care matters, according to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Stephen R. Wigginton.

Cynthia Harmon, 40, of Alton, was sentenced on April 1 for her role in the fraud. She was sentenced to time served, two years of supervised release, a fine of $100 and ordered to pay $420 in restitution .

Geary and Harmon, personal assistant and beneficiary, both pleaded guilty to defrauding the Illinois Department of Home Services Program. The program, a Medicaid Waiver Program, is intended to help keep Medicaid beneficiaries at home instead of in an institution.

Both individuals admitted to lying in connection with the delivery of health care services by falsely reporting the number of hours performed by Geary. He claimed he performed 44.5 hours of personal assistant work for Harmon even though he could not have done the work because he was in jail in St. Louis County at the time he claimed he performed the services for Harmon. Harmon also knew Geary was in jail when she signed off on the hours claimed by Geary, according to court documents.

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