• Centralia man pleads to federal Medicaid fraud charges

    by  • October 30, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Stephen R. Wigginton, United States attorney for the southern district of Illinois, announced yesterday that 53-year old Michael E. Mays of Centralia pleaded guilty to a two-count indictment charging that he engaged in a scheme to commit  MEDICAID FRAUDhealth care fraud and that he made false statements in connection with health care benefits.

    At his sentencing Mays will face up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and up to 3 years of supervised release on the first count, and up to 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and up to 3 years of supervised release on the second count.

    Sentencing has been set for March 7, 2014. During his plea hearing, Mays, a beneficiary of the Illinois Home Services program, admitted that he had submitted, together with his personal assistant, false and fraudulent claims in regard to the hours of services performed by his personal assistant in the home services program, a Medicaid waiver program designed to allow individuals to stay in their homes instead entering a nursing home.

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