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PRESS RELEASE: Granite City Woman, Jessica A. Teets, Sentenced For Healthcare Fraud

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Granite City Woman Sentenced For Healthcare Fraud

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today, that on February 9, 2016, Jessica A. Teets, 28, of Granite City, Illinois, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court in East Saint Louis on the charge that she engaged in a scheme to defraud a health care program. The district court sentenced Teets to five years of probation. She was also ordered to pay $1,292.62 in restitution to the Home Services Program.

During her plea hearing, Teets admitted that she had submitted false and fraudulent bills in relation to her alleged performance of personal assistant services in the Illinois Home Services Program, a Medicaid Waiver Program designed to allow individuals to stay in their homes instead of entering a nursing home. Teets admitted to falsely billing the program between December 7, 2012 and June 30, 2014, claiming that she had rendered personal assistant services to a customer when, in fact, she had not. As a result, Teets improperly billed 111 hours of services and obtained $1,312.05 in payments for services not performed.

Teets further admitted that her customer (who was her mother) was found on July 1, 2014 in an incoherent state, partially covered in dried excrement, by a friend checking on her welfare. Emergency responders transported the customer to a hospital and she was hospitalized for multiple days. Teets had not performed personal assistant services for the customer for more than a week prior to July 1, 2014.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Illinois State Police – Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau, and the Wood River, Illinois Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Adam E. Hanna.

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.

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