Cecil County Woman Indicted for Medicaid Fraud, Theft from Elderly Patient


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 18, 1999

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that a Cecil County personal care provider has been indicted on charges of theft and felony Medicaid fraud for stealing from an elderly woman and falsely submitting claims regarding her care.

Patricia Jo Lowe, 53, NorthEast, Maryland, contracted with the Cecil County Health Department during 1996-1997 to provide home care daily to an elderly Medicaid recipient. Lowe is alleged to have falsely submitted Medicaid claims regarding the woman’s care and with leaving the woman without the care she required.

Lowe is also alleged to have stolen proceeds from the recipient's monthly Social Security check and has been indicted on charges of theft.

Lowe was indicted by the Cecil County Grand Jury.

The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Maryland Attorney General's Office. While a statement of charges is only an accusation and all persons are presumed innocent unless proven guilty, a charge of felony Medicaid fraud is punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. A charge of theft over $300 is punishable by a maximum sentence of fifteen years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

No trial date has been set.


For Further Information Contact:
Frank Mann
Special Assistant to the Attorney General
(410) 576-6357