February 10, 2004
COUNTY WOMAN INDICTED FOR MEDICAID FRAUD
Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a Montgomery County woman
who works as a provider of personal care services to vulnerable
adults has been indicted in connection with her billings for the
care she claimed to have provided to three elderly Medicaid recipients.
Skrinskaya, 44, of the 3700 block of Bel Pre Road in Silver Spring,
was indicted on two counts of felony Medicaid fraud and
one count of felony theft. It is alleged that over a one-year
period, Skrinskaya submitted numerous billings for personal care
that she had not in fact provided. Medicaid’s Personal
Care Program helps qualified elderly, chronically ill, or disabled
remain in their homes and out of institutional care by providing
an aide who assists the recipient with daily activities such
as bathing, dressing, ambulation, eating, grooming, toileting,
some household services.
Medicaid fraud carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison
and a fine of $10,000. Felony theft carries a maximum
sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of $1,000. An indictment
is an accusation, and all persons are presumed innocent unless
case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit.