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MADISON —Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Tyvex Benford has been sentenced in Milwaukee County on two convictions for Medicaid fraud.  Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge William Brash imposed and stayed sentences of imprisonment for three years, to be served concurrently to each other and consecutive to any other sentences, comprising 18 months initial confinement and 18 months extended supervision.  He then placed Benford on probation for two years, with conditions of six months in jail, alcohol or other drug abuse (AODA) assessment, anger management treatment, participation in a criminal thinking program, preclusion as a payee for any government public assistance program, and payment of $3,546 restitution.


Benford pleaded guilty on February 28 to two counts of Medicaid fraud.  Four other counts of Medicaid fraud were dismissed and read-in for sentencing purposes.


According to the criminal complaint, Benford completed fraudulent time reports requesting payment for work he did not perform caring for his grandmother, and submitted them to the Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI).  Benford’s grandmother is a participant of the “Include, Respect, I Self – Direct” (IRIS) program, which provides Medicaid funds for the needy and people with disabilities to hire workers to provide them with care services.  On one occasion, Benford’s time reports indicate he had cared for his grandmother for five hours every day between December 22, 2012, and January 3, 2013, when in fact he was in the custody of the Milwaukee County Sheriff during that time.  In total, Benford submitted six fraudulent time reports, requesting payment for performing 394 hours of work providing care services to his grandmother. 


The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control and Elder Abuse Unit of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.