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Rutland Woman Charged With Medicaid Fraud

CONTACT: Ultan Doyle, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5512

July 30, 2010

A Rutland woman has been charged with billing Vermont Medicaid for over $3,000.00 for services that were never provided to a disabled adult in her care. Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Michelle Zullo, age 47, of Rutland, Vermont, was arraigned on July 27, 2010, in Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, Windsor County on four felony counts of Medicaid Fraud, four felony counts of Uttering a Forged Instrument, one felony count of False Pretences and three misdemeanor counts of False Pretenses. The court imposed standard conditions of release that govern Ms. Zullo’s conduct while the case is pending.

According to papers filed in Court, Ms. Zullo is accused of invoicing ARIS Solutions, the agency that processes timesheets for Vermont Medicaid waiver services, for services that were not provided to disabled adult in her care, resulting in her receipt of $3,220.00 from the Vermont Medicaid Program. She is also accused of forging another person’s signature on the timesheets submitted to ARIS and of forging another person’s signature on the checks that ARIS issued.

Ms. Zullo pleaded not guilty to the charges. If convicted, she faces potential penalties of up to 93 years imprisonment, or a fine of up to $13,000.00, or both.

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