Valencia County Pair Plead Guilty to Medicaid Fraud...AG's Office Says Women Bilked System for Big Bucks
Thursday, September 30, 2010
(ALBUQUERQUE)---New Mexico Attorney General Gary King's office says two Los Lunas women admit to cheating the state Medicaid program out of $96,264.80 by claiming to be each other's caregivers.
The AG's Medicaid Fraud & Elder Abuse Division prosecuted the case against 61-year-old Mollie Stacey and 55-year-old Deborah Cronn in Valencia County District Court. Stacey and Cronn each entered guilty pleas to one count of Medicaid Fraud over $2500, one count of Falsification of Documents, and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Medicaid Fraud. The Medicaid Fraud count is a third degree felony carrying a potential prison term of three years and a $5,000 fine, while the other two counts are fourth degree felonies, each carrying a potential prison term of 18 months and a $5000.00 fine. Stacey entered her plea on 9-21-10 and Cronn entered her plea on 9-27-10.
Between March 1, 2005, and October 31, 2007, Stacey and Cronn each received Medicaid and falsely claimed to be disabled to the point of needing additional in-home services from the Medicaid Personal Care Option Program. By submitting requests through different agencies that provide these services and then submitting applications to be each other’s caregiver, the women were each able to receive paychecks based on their submission of timesheets. These false submissions resulted in the payment by the New Mexico Medicaid Program in the amount of $96,264.80.
Sentencing of both defendants will occur at a future date before Judge William Sanchez.