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Caregiver Charged With Medicaid Fraud And False Pretenses

CONTACT: Linda A. Purdy, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5332

June 16, 2010

A caregiver of a disabled woman bilked Vermont Medicaid for over $14,000.00 by billing for services that were never provided over the span of almost five months. Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Marja Lawrence, age 34, of Bolton, Vermont, was arraigned on June 15, 2010, in Vermont District Court for Windsor County on one felony count of Medicaid Fraud and one felony count of False Pretenses. The court imposed conditions of release governing Ms. Lawrence’s conduct while the case is pending.

According to papers filed in Court, Ms. Lawrence is accused of submitting claims for payments in excess of $14,000.00 for providing care under Vermont Medicaid’s Choices for Care program when, in fact, she provided no such care. The Choices for Care program is a Medicaid-funded, long-term care program to pay for care and support for older Vermonters and people with physical disabilities. Court papers also state that Ms. Lawrence allegedly forged another person’s signature on these claims, thereby falsely authorizing payment to herself. Ms. Lawrence pleaded not guilty to the charges. If convicted, she faces potential penalties of up to twenty years imprisonment, or fines equal to twice the amount of Medicaid payments wrongfully obtained, or both.

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