August 5, 2004
PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUDULENT BILLING
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that former
caregiver Demetrius L. Brunson pleaded guilty to one count of
Medicaid Fraud for fraudulently billing the Medicaid program
over a seven month period for services she never provided.
Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Thomas J.S. Waxter, Jr. sentenced
Brunson, 33, of the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard, to two
years unsupervised probation and ordered Brunson to pay restitution
According to the Statement of Facts, Brunson was employed as an
attendant caregiver in the Maryland Living at Home and Community
Choices program, a non-profit agency that assists those with disabilities
to live independently. Brunson was paid to provide care for a program
participant for four hours each day, seven days a week. Brunson
submitted time sheets and invoices to the Medicaid program claiming
that she provided services to this participant every day from August
14, 2002 through March 15, 2003, even though the participant had
died on January 1, 2003, and even though the participant had been
in the hospital for 30 days during that time period.
This case was
prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit.