She also forged documents to make it appear that one caregiver who lacked a valid drivers license was legally allowed to drive.
She did that after learning about a state Department of Health and Human Resources' Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigation into Golden Heart's transportation hours and mileage expenses. Those expenses had been claimed under the Aged and Disabled Waiver program.
She gave those falsified documents to the investigator, hoping she could prevent the fraud unit from finding out about the reimbursements.
"The Court recognized that entitlement programs are a significant portion of the federal budget, funded by taxpayers," the release said. "The Court also noted that health care fraud is one of the reasons the country is in financial trouble and today's sentencing must serve as a deterrent to others who attempt to defraud entitlement programs.
"The Court further acknowledged that the government is not only justified but required to aggressively pursue such fraud, as they have done here."
The three civil cases that the U.S. Attorney's Office filed against Jamie and Golden Heart to recover Medicaid's losses were settled in October. The settlement resolved all three civil actions by recovering all of Jamie and Golden Heart's known assets, the statement said. The money from the settlement will be used to make restitution to Medicaid.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, FBI, State Police and the state DHHR's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Meredith George Thomas, Philip Wright and Eumi Choi handled prosecution.
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