December 6, 2006
MONTGOMERY COUNTY PERSONAL CARE PROVIDER CONVICTED
OF MEDICAID FRAUD
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 convicted in connection with her billings
for the care she claimed to have provided to two elderly Medicaid
At the conclusion of a four-day jury trial in the Circuit Court
for Montgomery County, Ella Sviriduk, 57, who is a resident of
Germantown, Maryland, was found guilty of two counts of felony
Medicaid fraud. She was acquitted on two counts of felony theft.
Personal Care Program helps elderly (qualified), 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. From 1999 through
2006, Sviriduk billed Medicaid for services she claimed to be providing
to an elderly married couple with whom she was related.
Between August 2002 and July 2005, Sviriduk billed Medicaid for
services she represented to Medicaid were performed from 4-8 pm
on every one of the more than 1000 days at issue. However, time
records from two other jobs she worked during this same three-year
period were introduced into evidence. These records established
that she was actually working at one of her other jobs from 4 or
5 p.m. until 11pm, and so could not have provided personal care
services as she had claimed. Time sheets from her second job revealed
that she was at that place of business from 7am until 3pm. During
the trial, the defendant presented testimony attempting to show
that she provided the care after 11:30 p.m. and before 6am.
fraudulent billings caused a loss to Medicaid of more than $43,000.
Felony Medicaid fraud carries a maximum sentence of five years
in prison and a fine of $100,000. As an additional consequence
of her conviction, Sviriduk will be excluded for at least five
years from working for any health care provider that accepts Medicaid
or Medicare funds.
has been set for January 5, 2007. This case is being prosecuted
by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control