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Caregiver Charged With Medicaid Fraud And False Pretenses

CONTACT: Paul Barkus, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-0269

July 26, 2013

Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Ashley Martin, age 24, of St. Albans, Vermont, was arraigned on July 23, 2013, in Vermont Superior Court for Windsor County on nine felony counts of Medicaid Fraud and one felony count of False Pretenses. The court imposed conditions of release governing Ms. Martin’s conduct while the case is pending.

According to papers filed in court, Ms. Martin is accused of submitting claims for payments in excess of $15,000 for providing care under Vermont Medicaid’s Developmental Services waiver program when she did not provide all of the claimed care. Court papers also state that Ms. Martin allegedly caused another person’s signature to be signed on these claims, thereby falsely authorizing payment to herself. Ms. Martin 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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