Cahokia woman pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

News-DemocratOctober 17, 2013 

AP GRAPHIC

Karashia A. Tabbs, 45, of Cahokia, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in East St. Louis to one count of engaging in a scheme to commit health care fraud.

She is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 23 in federal court in East St. Louis. She faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release.

Tabbs admitted she submitted false and fraudulent bills in connection with work she allegedly performed as a personal assistant in the Home Services Program, a Medicaid Waiver Program designed to allow individuals to stay in their homes with the aid of a personal assistant instead of going in to a nursing home.

She admitted she falsely billed the program between June and November 2012 when the person she was supposed to be caring for was living in Texas.

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