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MILWAUKEE Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that Tyrone Graffree, 36, appeared in Milwaukee County Circuit Court today to face sentencing on the revocation of his probation for his 2001 convictions of Medicaid fraud.
In 2000, Graffree was charged with 13 counts of felony Medical Assistance Fraud and one count of Theft by Fraud related to his ownership of a special medical transportation company, T&C Transport. According to the Department of Justices criminal complaint, between January 1997 and June 2000, Tyrone Graffree billed the Medicaid program for transportation services for children, people who were hospitalized, and people who were deceased, that had not been provided by his company. The state contended that Graffree was paid over $1 million by the Medicaid program for these fraudulent claims.
In 2001, Graffree pleaded guilty to all counts. For two of the counts, Graffree was sentenced to a total of 3.5 years imprisonment. For the remaining 12 counts sentence was withheld and Graffree was placed on 10 years probation. As a condition of probation, Graffree was ordered to pay $1.1 million in restitution to the Wisconsin Medicaid program. To date, Graffree has paid $457 of the amount owed.
On May 6, 2009, Tyrone Graffree entered a no contest plea to one count of possession of cocaine. That conviction is a violation of the probation order related to the Medicaid Fraud convictions from 2001. As a result of that conviction and several other factors, the probation was revoked.
Graffree was sentenced to a term of 8.5 years imprisonment comprised of 5.25 years of initial confinement and 3.25 years of extended supervision.
We wont tolerate the theft of public funds, stated Van Hollen. Those activities were a scheme to steal taxpayers money and deprived needy Medicaid recipients of services that would otherwise have been available for legitimate purposes.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Thomas Storm.