March 15, 2006
REGISTERED NURSE PLEADS GUILTY TO FELONY MEDICAID
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that Registered Nurse Dolores E. Scott, 64, of Rebecca Lane in
Baltimore County, pleaded guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court
to one count of felony Medicaid Fraud pursuant to a plea agreement.
The statement of facts read into the record and agreed to by Scott
established that she caused the Maryland Medical Assistance program
to pay $133,992 to her employer, Comprehensive Nursing Services,
Inc., for in-home nursing care that she had not actually provided
to her patient (Anthony). Scott herself realized approximately
$90,000 in income from this scheme.
Between June 20, 2002 and August 1, 2004 Scott
submitted falsified time slips to her employer Comprehensive
Nursing Services Inc.
that overstated the hours of care that she had provided to her
patient, Anthony. Scott would have accurate time slips signed by
one of Anthony’s parents and then alter the slips before
turning them in to Comprehensive. Maryland Medical Assistance paid
the going rate of $28.20 to Comprehensive for each false hour billed
and Comprehensive in turn paid Scott $19 per hour. Comprehensive
Nursing Services Inc., which was not involved in the scheme, discovered
the scam in early August of 2004 because of duplicate hours on
the time slips of Scott and another nurse who also took care of
Anthony. At that time Comprehensive Nursing Services Inc., reported
it to the Medicaid program.
Scott’s sentencing has been scheduled for
May 22, 2006. The maximum penalty for Medicaid fraud is five
and a fine of $100,000. Pursuant to the plea agreement the State
will recommend a split sentence of three years incarceration with
part of the sentence to be suspended and part to be served. The
State will also recommend a period of five years probation and
restitution in the amount of
This case was prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud
Control Unit of the Attorney General’s Office which has
Statewide authority to prosecute cases of Medicaid fraud.