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Former Caregiving Service Provider Charged With Medicaid Fraud

CONTACT: Earl F. Fechter, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5511

A former caregiving service provider has been charged with Medicaid Fraud. Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Deborah Spicer, age 53, of Rutland, Vermont, was arraigned on October 13, 2009, in Vermont District Court for Windsor County on two counts of Medicaid Fraud, felonies. Ms. Spicer was released on several standard conditions.

According to papers filed in Court, Ms. Spicer allegedly knowingly invoiced ARIS Solutions, the agency that processes timesheets for Vermont Medicaid waiver services, for services that she failed to provide to an individual, resulting in her receipt of $6,808.54 from the Vermont Medicaid Program.

Ms. Spicer pleaded not guilty to the charge. If convicted, she faces potential penalties of up to twenty years imprisonment, or a fine of up to $13,617.08, or both. The case was investigated jointly by the federal Office of Inspector General and the Vermont Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit.

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