April 20, 2012
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today that Carrie Williams and Jornel Williams, both of St. Louis, have pleaded guilty to Medicaid Fraud and stealing by deceit.
The Williams were ordered to surrender their Medicaid provider numbers, making them permanently prohibited from seeking reimbursements from the program. They were also ordered to pay restitution to the state. Carrie Williams was ordered to pay $24,900.07, which represented the remaining balance of her false claims, and Jornel Williams was ordered to pay $25,282.26. Judge Mark H. Neill also sentenced the Williams, who are father and daughter, to a term of five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and then suspended the execution of those sentences and placed them on supervised probation for a period of five years.
The pleas result from an investigation Koster’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit began into suspicious billings, which found that from 2008 to 2010, each of the defendants submitted claims for payment of more than $25,000 to Medicaid for home nursing visits that were not provided.
“When providers cheat the Medicaid system, they are taking taxpayers’ money that should be used for legitimate health-care coverage,” Koster said. “The Attorney General’s Office will continue to investigate possible Medicaid fraud, and, when discovered, will prosecute aggressively and recover stolen money for the state.”
Koster encourages citizens to report suspected Medicaid provider fraud or abuse and neglect to his Medicaid Fraud Hotline toll free at 800-286-3932, to e-mail the complaint to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to complete a complaint form at the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Website at http://ago.mo.gov/divisions/medicaid-fraud-control-unit-faqs.htm.