Las Vegas behavioral health worker sentenced for fraud

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Las Vegas behavioral health worker sentenced for fraud

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Nov 4, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Las Vegas behavioral health worker has been sentenced in a Medicaid fraud case involving the submitting of false claims.

39-year-old Sherice Joann Williams was sentenced on Monday for one felony offense of submitting false claims Medicaid fraud. She was sentenced to 12-48 months in prison and payment of nearly $10,000 in restitution, penalties and costs.

"Williams was turning in documentation that services had been provided to a Medicaid recipient," said Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. "An investigation showed that no services had been provided. Williams will now spend at least the next year in prison."

The investigation revealed Williams was not providing services to a Medicaid recipient. Even though services were not being provided to the recipient, Williams was turning in false documentation alleging those services had been provided.

The investigation found there were progress notes and subsequent Medicaid claims which were submitted for time periods where the Medicaid recipient was not receiving the behavioral health services.

The fraud occurred between February 2012 and May 2012.