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Seven Individuals Charged With Medicaid Fraud Related To In Home/Community-Based And Personal Care Services That Were Not Provided

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

December 18, 2013

Seven individuals enrolled as either caregivers or employers-of-record in Vermont’s Medicaid-funded Home and Community Based (HCBS) or Personal Care programs were separately arraigned today in Vermont Superior Court for Windsor County on felony counts of Medicaid Fraud for allegedly billing for care to children and vulnerable adults that was not provided.

Denise Wildasin, age 24, of Panton, Vermont, and Brooke Scott, age 24, of South Hero, Vermont, were arraigned on two felony counts each of Medicaid Fraud. According to court documents, Mr. Scott was employed as the caregiver for a minor child with special needs enrolled in the Children’s Personal Care Services program. He is alleged to have submitted timesheets purporting to have provided 566 hours of care when the child was actually in daycare. As the employer-of-record, Ms. Wildasin is alleged to have approved Mr. Scott’s timesheets, knowing them to be false.

Richard Weldon, age 68, of Brandon, Vermont, was arraigned on five felony counts of Medicaid Fraud. According to court documents, Mr. Weldon was the employer-of-record for a minor child enrolled in the Developmental Disability Service waiver program. He is alleged to have signed twenty-two timesheets for 837.5 hours of services provided by a respite care worker, his daughter, when she was in fact living out-of-state.

Tasha Gaudette, age 27, of Richford, Vermont, was arraigned on one felony count of Medicaid Fraud. According to court documents, Ms. Gaudette 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 seven timesheets purporting to have provided 420 hours of care after the child had moved to a new residence and Ms. Gaudette was no longer providing care. Kammy McDonald, age 43, of Winooski, Vermont, was arraigned on three felony counts of Medicaid Fraud. According to court documents, Ms. McDonald was employed as the caregiver for an adult with various physical disabilities enrolled in the Choices for Care program. She is alleged to have submitted thirty-three timesheets purporting to have provided 354.5 hours of personal care and companionship when she was actually working at convenience store.

Patrick Morse, age 61, and Ellie-May Morse, age 40, both of Bennington, Vermont, were arraigned on five and four felony counts of Medicaid Fraud, respectively. According to court documents, the Morses were the employers-of-record for three minor children with special needs enrolled in the Children’s Personal Care Services program. Patrick Morse is alleged to have signed forty-two timesheets for 5,062 hours of personal care services when the children were in school and/or the caregiver of record denied providing care. Ellie-May Morse is alleged to have signed twenty timesheets for 2,200 hours of personal care service that were not provided.

In each case above, the court imposed conditions of release governing the defendants’ conduct while the cases are pending. Each Medicaid Fraud felony charge carries a maximum penalty of up to ten years imprisonment and/or fines equal to twice the amount of payments wrongfully obtained. These cases are 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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