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

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.