Highland News Leader

Bond County man sentenced for bilking Medicaid

A Bond County man has been sentenced to house arrest and probation for fraudulently billing Medicaid.

Terry L. Waeltermann Jr., 30, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court in Benton on Dec. 15 on the charge that he engaged in a scheme to steal from a health care program.

Waeltermann — who, according to court records, was also known as Waelterman and Waeltermen and had addresses in Pocahontas, Mulberry Grove and Vandalia — was sentenced to two years of probation, with the first four months to be served in home confinement. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the Home Services Program, a Medicaid Waiver Program designed to allow individuals to stay in their homes instead of entering a nursing home.

According to court records, Waeltermann admitted he submitted fraudulent bills for personal assistant services in the Home Services Program between April 14 and Dec. 31, 2013. The bills he turned in said Waeltermann had provided personal assistant services to a customer when, in fact, he had not. The customer actually had moved away, and Waeltermann forged the customer’s signature, investigators said. In total, Waeltermann improperly billed for 573 hours and obtained $6,660.75 in payment, the amount for which he was ordered to pay restitution.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the Illinois State Police Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.