Lake Geneva Woman Charged with Medicaid Fraud

Dec 17 2014
Lake Geneva Woman Charged with Medicaid Fraud
 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a Lake Geneva woman has been charged with three counts of medical assistance fraud.  According to the Department of Justice’s criminal complaint, Linda J. Turner, R.N., Lake Geneva, is a certified Wisconsin Medicaid provider providing private duty nursing services since June 14, 1995.  Wisconsin Medicaid is a program jointly funded by the state and federal governments that pays for health-related services to low-income and medically needy persons.

 

An investigation showed that between September 2010 and May 2013, Turner provided daily, in-home cares to a tracheostomy patient.  The patient then underwent reconstructive surgery relative to the tracheostomy, was hospitalized for the better part of that month and upon release no longer needed daily cares.  The patient’s mother reports Turner did not provide any services to the patient after the May 9, 2013 surgery.  Records show that Turner submitted timesheets to the Medicaid program claiming she had not only provided services to the patient during her hospital stay but through September 15, 2013.  In all, Turner billed 873 hours and received approximately $28,538.37 in payments due to billing for services not rendered.

 

The complaint was filed in Kenosha County Circuit Court on December 4, 2014, and Turner appeared on December 16, 2014, without counsel; the court appointed an attorney and adjourned the appearance until January 7, 2015. 

 

A criminal complaint is a document accusing a person of a violation of criminal law.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.  The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial.  Click the following link for the complaint:  Criminal Complaint.

 

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