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Las Vegas personal care assistant sentenced for Medicaid fraud

Las Vegas personal care assistant sentenced for Medicaid fraud

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Nov 14, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Las Vegas personal care assistant was sentenced on Thursday in a Medicaid fraud case involving the failure to maintain adequate records to support Medicaid claims.

53-year-old Yolanda Rodriguez was sentenced for one gross misdemeanor offense of intentional failure to maintain adequate records.

She was sentenced to 150 days, suspended, performance of 100 hours of community service and payment of more than $3,600 in restitution, penalties and costs.

The investigation revealed Rodriguez was employed as a personal care assistant for a home health care agency.

While employed, she had submitted time sheets for services allegedly provided to a Medicaid recipient for home health care services. The time sheets were then relied upon by the agency to submit Medicaid claims.

The investigation showed the services Rodriguez claimed to have provided occurred during the time periods that the recipient was hospitalized and therefore unable to receive home health services.

The fraud occurred from November 2010 to September 2011.