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Employer And Caregivers Arraigned On Medicaid Fraud Charges

CONTACT: Steven J Monde, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5511

May 15, 2014

Clayton LaFond, age 61, Kim LaFond, age 54, and Rebecca LaFond, age 32¸ of Milton, Vermont, were each arraigned on two counts of Medicaid fraud yesterday in the Windsor Criminal Division of the Vermont Superior Court. According to court documents, Rebecca LaFond was the employer of record, and Clayton and Kim LaFond were employed as caregivers, for a minor child under the Children’s Personal Care Services program. Allegedly, Clayton LaFond submitted 16 timesheets, and Kim LaFond submitted 11 timesheets, documenting their purported delivery of services when the child was actually in someone else’s care or attending school. Rebecca LaFond signed the 27 timesheets, attesting to their accuracy. The Vermont Medicaid program paid more than $6,000 on the allegedly false timesheets.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges. The court imposed conditions of release governing their conduct while the cases are pending. 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 Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit of the Office of the Vermont Attorney General is prosecuting the cases with assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General.

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