NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


June 18, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

ALLEGANY NURSE INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY BILLING FOR UNPROVIDED SERVICES

Baltimore - J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that a Mount Savage registered nurse has been indicted by the Grand Jury for Allegany County on multiple charges stemming from allegations that she caused her employer to bill Medicaid for private duty nursing services that were not provided. Regina Waites, 43, of Calla Hill Road N.W., faces allegations of felony Medicaid fraud and theft.

Waites worked for a nursing agency that contracted with the Maryland Medicaid program to provided in-home nursing services to eligible children requiring skilled care. It is alleged that from 1996 until April 2000, Waites submitted fraudulent time sheets to the agency, which billed Medicaid for the services that Waites had purportedly provided.

This case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Maryland Attorney Generalís Office. No date has yet been set for arraignment.

While an indictment 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 $100,000 fine. A charge of felony theft is punishable by a maximum sentence of fifteen years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

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