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Man Sentenced For Theft From The Vermont Medicaid Program

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

December 3, 2009

Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that James Rushford, age 44, of Williamstown, Vermont was sentenced on six counts of misdemeanor Petit Larceny, relating to theft of monies from the Vermont Medicaid program. The charges stemmed from his employment as a personal care attendant, and followed from his submission of false timesheets in obtaining payment for services not rendered.

Judge Theresa S. DiMauro sentenced Rushford to three to six years in jail, all suspended, and placed him on five years of probation, subject to standard and special conditions, including payment of restitution to the Vermont Medicaid program in the amount of $9,169.55. The judge also ordered that Rushford not apply for employment funded through the Vermont Medicaid program, and that he perform 40 hours of community service.

“Providers should be on notice that my Office reviews reports of fraud against the Vermont Medicaid program and we will continue to be vigilant in prosecuting people who try to cheat the system,” noted Attorney General William Sorrell.

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