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For Immediate Release
February 10, 2004
Media Contact: 410-576-6357

MONTGOMERY COUNTY WOMAN INDICTED FOR MEDICAID FRAUD

J. 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.

Natailya 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 services that she had not in fact provided. Medicaid’s Personal Care Program helps qualified elderly, chronically ill, or disabled persons 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, and some household services.

Felony 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 proven guilty.

This case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

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