December 18, 2003
CAREGIVER CHARGED WITH MEDICAID FRAUD
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that former caregiver
Demetrius Brunson was charged with defrauding the Medicaid program
by billing for services which she did not provide.
Brunson, 32, of the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard, Baltimore,
was employed as an attendant caregiver by the Maryland Living at
Home Community Choices program, a non-profit agency that provides
services that allow people with disabilities to live independently.
The indictment, returned by the Grand Jury for Baltimore City, charges
Brunson with felony Medicaid fraud and felony theft that occurred
over a seven-month period, and alleges that Brunson fraudulently
billed the Medicaid program, claiming she had provided attendant
care services to a Medicaid Waiver participant when in fact that
person had died.
Felony Medicaid fraud is punishable by up to five years imprisonment
and/or a $100,000 fine. Felony theft is punishable by 15 years imprisonment
or a fine of up to 25,000 or both. The case is being prosecuted
by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. An indictment
is an accusation and all persons are innocent unless proven guilty.