September 16, 2004
CARE PROVIDER TO VULNERABLE ADULT SENTENCED
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that a Montgomery County woman, who worked as a provider of personal
care services to vulnerable adults, has been sentenced to an
18 month suspended sentence for billing the Medicaid Program
for work that she did not perform.
44, of the 3700 block of Bel Pre Road in Silver Spring, was sentenced
by Montgomery County Circuit Court
Judge Eric M. Johnson after having pled guilty to one count of
felony Medicaid fraud. In addition to the 18 month suspended sentence,
Judge Johnson placed her on 3 years supervised probation, and ordered
that she make restitution to the state Medicaid program in the
amount of $7,400. Skrinskaya admitted to submitting numerous false
invoices and reports to the Medicaid program in connection with
work purportedly performed for Medicaid’s Personal Care Program.
That program helps qualified elderly, chronically ill, or disabled
persons to 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.
by the Office of the Attorney General revealed that Skrinskaya
was not providing services during many of the hours
she billed. Evidence developed by the State proved that on many
dates when the defendant billed for providing personal care services,
she was actually out of the country on vacation. Additionally,
the State discovered that Skrinskaya billed Medicaid for work supposedly
provided to a recipient in his apartment on dates when the person
was actually living in a nursing home. Skrinskaya’s fraud
caused a loss to Medicaid of $7,400.
As an additional consequence of her conviction, Skrinskaya will
be excluded for at least five years from working for any health
care provider that accepts Medicaid or Medicare funds.
This case was
prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit. The case was referred to the Office of the
Attorney General by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.