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Beloit Woman sentenced for medicaid fraud


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a Beloit woman has been sentenced in Walworth County on convictions for Medicaid fraud and falsification of patient health care records.  Lara Skrzypczynski appeared before Walworth County Circuit Court Judge David M. Reddy on January 24, 2014, and was placed on probation for three years, with a condition of 90 days in jail.  She also was ordered to pay $45,786.87 in restitution, with payments beginning on March 1, 2014; if she fails to make restitution, she may receive an additional six months in jail.  Other probation conditions include AODA assessment and follow-through, mental health assessment and payment of court costs. 


Skrzypczynski pleaded guilty on December 5, 2013, to one count of felony Medicaid fraud and one count of misdemeanor falsification of patient health care records.  Five other counts, including three other counts of felony Medicaid fraud, one count of felony unauthorized use of personal identification information, and one count of felony theft were dismissed and read-in for sentencing purposes. 


According to the amended criminal complaint, Skrzypczysnki submitted more than 150 fraudulent claims seeking payment for private duty nursing services that she did not deliver to two adult male patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in Genoa City, Wisconsin.  When audited by the Wisconsin Medicaid program, Skrzypczysnki falsified her patients’ medical records to make it appear as though she had provided the services that she billed for, and was paid for by the State, but that she did not deliver. 


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