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Caregiver Charged With Medicaid Fraud And False Pretenses

CONTACT: Steven J. Monde, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-0269

April 11, 2012

Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Tammy Thomas, age 21, of Granville, New York, was arraigned on April 10, 2012, in Vermont Superior Court for Windsor County on four felony counts of Medicaid Fraud and one felony count of False Pretenses. The court imposed conditions of release governing Ms. Thomas’s conduct while the case is pending.

According to papers filed in court, Ms. Thomas is accused of submitting claims for payments in excess of $3,100 for providing care under Vermont Medicaid’s Children’s Personal Care Services program when, in fact, she provided no such care. Court papers also state that Ms. Thomas allegedly caused another person’s signature to be signed on these claims, thereby falsely authorizing payment to herself. Ms. Thomas pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Medicaid Fraud charges carry a maximum penalty of up to ten years imprisonment, and/or fines equal to twice the amount of payments wrongfully obtained. The False Pretense charge carries a maximum penalty of up to ten years imprisonment, and/or a fine of up to $2,000.

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