State Shuts Down "Two-Party" Medicaid Scheme


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 23, 1999

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a former personal care provider and the recipient she was contracted to care for have both been found guilty of Medicaid fraud.

Lori Dishon and Wilma Garner were each found guilty of one count of Medicaid fraud before Judge Darryl G. Fletcher of the Baltimore County District Court. According to the statement of facts presented in court, both the defendants, during the period between 1994 and 1998, signed requests for payments that falsely stated Ms. Dishon was providing personal care services to Ms. Garner that were never provided. In fact, on some of the days at issue, Dishon had been working at a Walmart in York, Pennsylvania during the hours when the defendants stated in payment requests that Dishon was providing care. On another occasion, they submitted documents stating that Dishon had provided services including food shopping and clothes laundering when in fact she was in a hospital for the birth of her son. Dishon submitted these requests to the Medicaid program.

"This is the kind of fraud that puts a drain on the system and undermines the confidence in the Medicaid program," said Attorney General Curran. "Ms. Dishon was double dipping at the taxpayers' expense and Ms. Garner was helping her do it."

Judge Fletcher sentenced Dishon to two years in the Division of Corrections, suspended the sentence, and placed her on two years supervised probation, during which time she is ordered to pay $1,880. Garner was given probation before judgment, two years supervised probation and also ordered to pay restitution of $1,880.

This case was handled by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General's Office.


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