East St. Louis woman admits she committed healthcare fraud

An East St. Louis woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to billing a state welfare program for work she did not perform.

Alfreda E. Perkins, 54, will be sentenced in March and could face up to 10 years in prison, three years of probation and a fine of up to $250,000.

Court papers show Perkins claimed she was a personal assistant assigned to help elderly or disabled people with daily activities in their homes as part of the Home Services Program. The program allows citizens to stay in their homes instead of entering a nursing home. Between November 2013 and September 2014, Perkins billed the program and was paid even though she actually did not perform any services during that time.

The documents did not describe how many hours Perkins logged or how much money she was paid.