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MADISON — Attorney General J.B.Van Hollen announced today that a Janesville woman has been convicted and sentenced for Medicaid fraud. Meshelle Settles appeared in Rock County Circuit Court on February 5 and entered a plea of guilty to Medicaid fraud, a felony. Two additional charges were dismissed and read-in for sentencing. On April 11, Judge Richard T. Werner withheld sentence and placed Settles on probation for three years, with a condition of nine months in the Rock County jail. The court further ordered restitution in the amount of $7,289.87, alcohol and other drug abuse assessment, anger management counseling, and other standard conditions of probation.
According to the criminal complaint, Settles began working as a private duty nurse in September 2011, caring for a child with extreme disabilities due to a premature birth. The defendant’s employment was terminated by the child’s mother after Settles arrived for work intoxicated on two occasions. Although the employment was terminated as of November 12, 2011, Settles continued to submit claims for payment as though she had provided cares through December 2011.
The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control and Elder Abuse unit of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.