Five Stateliners Charged in Medicaid Fraud Bust; Three Have Theft Records

From the Illinois State Police: Between October 24 and December 2, 2011, the following individuals were arrested upon the following charges subsequent to investigations conducted by Illinois State Police Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau agents.

 
The above individuals were former Personal Assistants hired by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), and had been working in the Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS) Home Assistance program. The arrests were the results of several 12 to 18 month long investigations. The allegations involve billing Medicaid for services not rendered. The above individuals were lodged at the Winnebago and Kendall County jails in lieu of bail. 
 
Name/Age/Address/Charges
Warren H. Perkins, 47, 1141 W. Jefferson St., Rockford, IL Vendor Fraud, Theft over $10,000, Theft by Deception
 
Dora J. Watson, 39, 320 Bayliss Ave., Rockford, IL Vendor Fraud, Theft over $5,000, Theft by Deception
 
Nicole S. Rogers, 38, 173 Eisenhower Drive, Oswego, IL Vendor Fraud, Theft over $10,000, Theft by Deception      
         
Winter B. Starks, 30, 3137 Arline Ave., Rockford, IL Vendor Fraud, Theft over $5,000, Theft by Deception
 
Carolyn A. Russell, 29, 19 Liberty Blvd.,Machesney Park, IL Vendor Fraud, Theft over $10,000, Theft by Deception
 
Felicia M. Riles,  48, 4918 Sovereign Blvd., Rockford, IL Vendor Fraud, Theft over $10,000, Theft by Deception  
 

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- We’re learning more about the local state workers charged with stealing money from a program that helps the elderly and disabled.

One former Illinois State Employee admits he stole thousands of dollars from a Medicaid program and is so ashamed he refuses to show his face on camera.

He said, "I needed a way to live, but I mean, I knew it wasn't right."

These five local Department of Human Services employees are charged with stealing 40 thousand dollars in forged work hours from a state Medicaid funded program that cares for the elderly and disabled. Get this: three of the five arrested have a criminal history of theft.

The man said, "It's been a long time since I have been in trouble with the law and I'm trying to keep it that way, I don’t like getting in trouble"

The Illinois State Police say Medicaid clients*can ask for a background check but the results sometimes don't matter. In some cases the care-giver and clients will split money coming in from the fraudulent time sheets.

State Representative Joe Sosnowski said, "We have had cases where the clinet passes away and the personal assistant will send in time sheets and someone will move out of state and the person will send in time sheets"

Sosnowski says 12-hundred of the 10-thousand Illinois home assistance workers are wanted by police and is now drafting legislation to change that.

Just to give you an example: 48-year-old Felicia Riles was convicted of retail theft four times in 12 years.

That’s before her recent arrest for stealing 10-thousand dollars from the state's Medicaid program.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Illinois State Police have five local state workers in custody on allegations they tried to steal thousands of dollars from the disabled and the elderly--the employees work as care givers for the Department of Rehabilitative Services Home Assistance Program.

Investigators say the workers have been forging time sheets and lying about Medicaid services they didn't perform over the last year.

Four of the suspects are from Rockford, another is from Machesney Park. Investigators say the employees did not work together on the Medicaid scam but in total stole 30-thousand dollars from the program.


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