Centreville woman pleads to defrauding the federal government

News-DemocratSeptember 20, 2013 

A Centreville woman has admitted her role in defrauding a federal health care program.

Valerie E. Johnson, 56, pleaded guilty Friday in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Illinois in East St. Louis to engaging in a scheme to commit health care fraud.

Sentencing for Johnson has been set from Jan. 9 and she faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

During the hearing, Johnson admitted to submitting false bills in relation to personal assistant services she did not receive as part of the Home Services Program. The program is a Medicaid Waiver Program designed to allow individuals to stay at home with the help of an assistant instead of going into a nursing home. Johnson admitted to falsely billing the program for $7,842.46 for services that were supposed to be performed by her son. During the days Johnson claimed her son provided services, her son was residing, working and attending school approximately 225 miles away in Springfield, Missouri.

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