Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 1, 2016
Cottage Hills Woman Sentenced On Healthcare Fraud Charge
James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today, that on January 29, 2016, Lisa Jorden, 50, of Cottage Hills, Illinois, pled guilty and was sentenced in the U.S. District Court in East Saint Louis, Illinois, on the charge that she engaged in a scheme to steal from a health care program. The district court sentenced Jorden to five years of probation. She is also ordered to pay $16,828.00 in restitution to the Home Services Program and a $100.00 special assessment.
Court records indicate that Jorden admitted that she had submitted false and fraudulent bills in relation to her alleged performance of personal assistant services in the Home Services Program, a Medicaid Waiver Program designed to allow individuals to stay in their homes instead of entering a nursing home. Jorden admitted to falsely billing the program between February 14, 2013 and August 15, 2014, when she purportedly rendered personal assistant services to customers when, in fact, she had not. As a result, Jorden improperly billed hours of services and obtained $16,828.00 in payments for services not performed.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General, the Illinois State Police – Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William E. Coonan.
If you suspect or know of an individual or company that is not complying with healthcare laws or public aid programs, you may report this activity to the local office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, or you may call 1.800.447.8477.