Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on March 12, 2015, Angela Jones, 51, of Madison, IL, pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging that she engaged in a scheme to commit health care fraud. At her sentencing Jones will face up to 10 years of imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000 and up to 3 years of supervised release. Sentencing has been set for July 10, 2015, at 2:30 pm in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois.
During her plea hearing, Jones admitted that she had submitted false and fraudulent bills in regard to the providing of personal assistant services in the Home Services Program, a Medicaid Waiver Program designed to allow individuals to stay in their homes instead entering a nursing home. Jones admitted that she was actually incarcerated while she was billing the Home Services Program.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Illinois State Police, Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau. The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ranley R. Killian and Michael Hallock.