A 39-year-old Mt. Vernon man has pleaded guilty in federal court to a one-count indictment charging that he engaged in a scheme to commit healthcare fraud.
Donald Ray Keip will face up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to 3 years of supervised release.
During his plea hearing, Keip admitted that he had submitted false and fraudulent bills in relation to his alleged performance of personal assistant services in the home services program, a medicaid waiver program designed to allow individuals to stay in their homes instead of entering a nursing home.
Keip admitted to falsely billing the program between June 30, 2012 and January 29, 2013, when he purportedly rendered personal assistant services to an individual, his mother, when he, in fact, did not. As a result, Keip improperly received $24,000.00 in payments for services not performed.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General and the Illinois State Police, Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau.