July 21, 2006
MONTGOMERY COUNTY PERSONAL CARE PROVIDER
CHARGED WITH FELONY FRAUD AND THEFT
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that a Montgomery County woman who worked as a provider of personal
care services has been indicted in connection with her billings
for the care she claimed to have provided to two elderly Medicaid
Ella Sviriduk, 48, who is a resident of Germantown, Maryland,
was indicted by the Montgomery County grand jury in a six count
indictment charging her with felony Medicaid fraud and felony theft.
It is alleged that over a five and a half year period from 1999
through 2006, Sviriduk submitted numerous billings for personal
care services that she had not in fact provided, and for services
for which she knew she was not entitled to receive payment.
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, and some household services.
It is alleged that Sviriduk defrauded the Maryland Medicaid program
of more than $59,000.
Felony Medicaid fraud carries a maximum sentence of five years
in prison and a fine of $100,000. Felony theft carries a maximum
sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of $25,000. An indictment
is an accusation, and all persons are presumed innocent unless
proven guilty. An arraignment date has not yet been set.
case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.