October 19, 2006
PERSONAL CARE PROVIDER PLEADS GUILTY
TO FELONY FRAUD
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Rebecca
Arbogast of the 36000 block of Danny Lane, Chaptico,
Md. in pleaded guilty to one count of felony Medicaid fraud in
connection with a scheme she carried out while providing personal
care services to a Medicaid beneficiary. Ms. Arbogast, 47, billed
the Maryland Medicaid program, through the St. Mary’s County
Health Department, for personal care services she claimed to have
rendered to the recipient she was caring for while he was incarcerated
in the St. Mary’ s County Detention Center. She billed for
these services for all 73 days during which he was serving his
time causing a loss to the Medicaid Program of $1,460.00.
Mary’s County Circuit Court Judge C. Clarke Raley sentenced
Ms. Arbogast to a six-month sentence with all but 30 days suspended.
She was also ordered to pay restitution in the full amount of the
loss. At the time of sentencing she paid $1,340 and was given 90
days to pay the remaining $120 or face the entire six month sentence.
She left court in the custody of the Sheriff’s Office to
begin serving her sentence.
This case was prosecuted by the Attorney General Medicaid Fraud
Control Unit which has Statewide jurisdiction to prosecute health
care providers who defraud Medicaid and cases of vulnerable adult
abuse and neglect.