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Caregiver Charged With Medicaid Fraud

CONTACT: Edward Baker, Assistant Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud & Residential Abuse Unit, (802) 828-5511

December 24, 2013

Michelle Pearce, age 35, of Winooski, Vermont, was arraigned today in Vermont Superior Court for Windsor County on four felony counts of Medicaid Fraud. According to court documents, Ms. Pearce was employed as the caregiver for a minor child with special needs enrolled in the Children’s Personal Care Services program. She is alleged to have submitted thirty-nine timesheets purporting to have provided 461.5 hours of care when the child was actually enrolled in school, resulting in approximately $4,500 in overpayments by the Vermont Medicaid program.

Each Medicaid Fraud felony charge against Ms. Pearce carries a maximum penalty of up to ten years imprisonment and/or fines equal to twice the amount of payments wrongfully obtained. The court imposed conditions of release governing her conduct while the case is pending. The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud & Residential Abuse Unit within the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General.

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