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Rockford, Freeport Ladies Sentenced for Medicaid Scams

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Rockford– The Illinois State Police and the Illinois Office of the Attorney General revealed today the conviction and sentencing of 5 females coming from Medicaid scams.

4 personal assistants and one Home Services Program Customer were charged after 3 examinations.

On Oct. 2, 2013, the State Police Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau started an examination including Cynthia Evans of Rockford for scams associated with the Illinois Department of Human Services Home Services Program. Evans was a personal assistant for an HSP program recipient in Genoa.

Evans began working as a personal assistant in December 2012, but stopped supplying services in April 2013, according to a State Police press release. The examination revealed that Evans continued to get payments by finalizing and sending time sheets to DHS through February 2014, even though she was not supplying services.

On July 19, Evans pleaded guilty in Dekalb County to one count of supplier scams and was sentenced to 24 months’ probation and purchased to pay $8,469 in restitution.

On April 23, 2013, the State Police started an examination in Rockford concerning possible deceitful DHS time sheets being sent by personal assistant Judy Melchor of Freeport.

The examination exposed time sheets were sent while program recipient Kattie Sanders was not in the house, but rather was either a medical facility patient, in a retirement home or jailed in the Winnebago County Jail. The deceptive time sheets were sent from May 16, 2010, to June 30, 2012. The examination likewise found Melchor and Sanders were splitting the cash Melchor got from DHS.

In addition, Starvaiena Sanders, another personal assistant to Kattie Sanders, confessed she supplied deceptive time sheets to DHS from July 16, 2012, to Oct. 15, 2012.

On May 17, 2016, Starvaiena Sanders pleaded guilty to one count of supplier scams. On April 13, Kattie Sanders pleaded guilty to one count of supplier scams, and on July 7, Melchor pleaded guilty to one count of supplier scams. All 3 pleas were made in Winnebago County.

Melchor and Kattie Sanders each were sentenced to 48 months’ probation and purchased to pay a shared restitution amounting to $41,638. They likewise were bought to finish 200 hours of social work. If they cannot pay the restitution, they will need to serve 180 days in prison.

Starvaiena Sanders was sentenced to 24 months’ probation and was brought to pay $1,747 in restitution.

On June 5, 2015, the State Police started an examination including an accusation of supplier scams. Personal Assistant Lisa Opinga of Rockford was thought to have skipped down time sheets and billed DHS for work she did not carry out for a program recipient who was residing in the Philippines.

The examination exposed that throughout her time as a personal assistant, Opinga sent time sheets that showed she supplied the services in Rockford from April 2014 to June 2015 while the recipient ran out the nation.

On June 7, Opinga pleaded guilty to one count of supplier scams in Winnebago County. She was sentenced to 24 months’ probation and purchased to pay $4,723 in restitution.