Caregiver convicted for falsely obtaining money from the Vermont Medicaid program

STATE OF VERMONT

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 109 State Street

Montpelier, VT 05609-1001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Edward Baker

March 29, 2013 Assistant Attorney General

Director, Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit (802) 828-5511

CAREGIVER CONVICTED FOR FALSELY OBTAINING MONEY FROM THE VERMONT MEDICAID PROGRAM

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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