A Centreville woman was sentenced Friday in federal court to five years in prison for her role in defrauding a federal health care program.
Valerie E. Johnson, 56, pleaded guilty last September in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Illinois in East St. Louis to engaging in the scheme.
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 had 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, Mo.