Home Care Provider Convicted of Billing Medicaid After Patient Went to Nursing Home


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 5, 1999

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a former personal care provider has been convicted of Medicaid fraud.

Rosalie Wongus, 35, of the 500 block of North Curley Street in Baltimore, pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud before Judge Roger W. Brown of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Judge Brown sentenced Ms. Wongus to two years in the Division of Corrections, suspended the sentence, and placed her on three years supervised probation, during which time she is ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $13,760.

According to the statement of facts presented in court, Wongus, who was enrolled as a personal care provider in Baltimore City, rendered personal care services to a Medicaid recipient from 1993 until the recipient's admission into a nursing home on August 16, 1996. However, after this date, Wongus continued to bill Medicaid, submitting invoices that falsely stated she was still providing personal care services to the recipient.

"This is another example of someone trying to outwit the system by submitting phony invoices for services never performed," said Attorney General Curran. "We take this kind of fraud very seriously."

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


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