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Caregiver Convicted For Falsely Obtaining Money From The Vermont Medicaid Program

CONTACT: Ed Baker, Assistant Attorney General, 802 828-5511

March 29, 2013

Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Beverly Whittemore, age 49, of Rutland, Vermont, was convicted on March 28, 2013 in Vermont Superior Court for Windsor County of five misdemeanor counts of False Pretenses. The convictions stemmed from Ms. Whittemore’ s submission of falsified timesheets in another person’s name in order to obtain payment for services that were not provided under a Vermont Medicaid program.

Ms. Whittemore was sentenced to two-and-one-half to five years in jail, all suspended, and placed on probation for two years subject to standard conditions and a special condition that she not work as a home-based care provider or serve as the employer-of-record under any Choices for Care waiver program. Ms. Whittemore was also ordered to pay $7,230.00 in restitution to Vermont Medicaid.

The investigation and prosecution of this matter was handled by the Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit within the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, with assistance from Special Agent Frank Puleo of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General.

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