May 23, 2006
NURSE JAILED FOR FELONY MEDICAID FRAUD
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge John Grayson Turnbull
II sentenced Dolores Elaine Scott, of Rebecca Lane in Owings Mills,
to a term of imprisonment of 5 years, with all but 18 months suspended,
for conviction of felony Medicaid fraud. Scott, who is 64 years
old, also received probation of five years and was ordered to pay
restitution to the Maryland Medicaid Program of $133,992.
Ms Scott was a registered nurse who provided in
home care for a seriously disabled child who was a Medicaid recipient.
the period from June 20, 2002 through July 29, 2004 when her scheme
was discovered, she falsified 408 time slips by inflating the number
of hours of care she was providing in order to increase her earnings.
As a result of this scheme she caused her employer Comprehensive
Nursing Service, Inc. to bill Medical Assistance $133, 992 for
nursing services that were never provided. Ms. Scott obtained over
$90,000 personally by means of this fraud. Comprehensive was not
involved but is required by the Maryland Department of Health and
Mental Hygiene to repay the State for the money they obtained through
Scott’s fraudulent billing.
Ms Scott committed this offense while she was on probation after
being convicted of forging State documents in April of 2003 in
an attempt to get a wage attachment for unpaid Maryland income
taxes removed. Ms Scott still faces a violation of probation hearing
for violating her probation on the forgery charge by committing
Medicaid fraud. A hearing in that case has not yet been set.
This case was prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud
Control Unit of the Maryland Attorney General’s Office
which has the authority and the responsibility to investigate
and prosecute health care
providers who engage in fraud while providing services to Medicaid
beneficiaries and caregivers who abuse or neglect vulnerable adults.