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Posted on October 27, 2015 by

Home Health Care Worker Commits Fraud, Leaves Victim in Filth

An Illinois health care worker recently admitted to fraud for billing Medicaid Home Services for aid she never performed. Her client was discovered in such bad shape, she required hospitalization. To help you better protect loved ones, St. Louis Personal Injury Attorneys Hoffman & Gelfman want to increase awareness cases of nursing home neglect.

The worker, Jessica A. Teets of Brighton, Illinois, plead guilty to fraud charges, billing for services she never performed and billing for time when her client was actually in the hospital. As part of her plea to federal prosecutors, Teets admitted to earning $1,312 by submitting false claims for 111 hours of care services from December 7, 2101 to June 30, 2014 in the fourth wave of “Operation Home Alone,” a program enacted to fight fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicaid system.

A friend had attempted to reach Teets’ client for several days, arriving at her home on July 1, 2014 to find her incoherent and partially covered in dried excrement. It was discovered that Teets had not performed any services for the client in more than a week. The Medicaid Home Services Program she was taking part in was supposed to allow clients to receive in-home care rather than being relegated to a nursing home.

Concerned your loved one may be a victim of nursing home neglect? Contact Hoffman & Gelfman, the St. Louis Personal Injury Attorneys you can count on.