EAST ST. LOUIS — A Cottage Hills woman was sentenced to five years of probation Friday on a charge that she engaged in a scheme to steal from a health care program.
In a press release, Acting U.S. Attorney James L. Porter said Lisa Jorden, 50, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. The court sentenced Jorden to five years of probation and ordered her to pay $16,828 in restitution to the Home Services Program and a $100 special assessment.
Court records indicate Jorden admitted she submitted false and fraudulent bills in relation to her alleged performance of personal assistant services in the Home Services program, a Medicaid waiver program designed to allow individuals to stay in their homes instead of entering a nursing home. Jorden admitted to falsely billing the program between Feb. 14, 2013, and Aug. 15, 2014, when she purportedly rendered personal assistant services to customers when, in fact, she had not. As a result, Jorden improperly billed hours of services and obtained $16,828 in payments for services not performed.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General, the Illinois State Police-Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William E. Coonan.
Suspected illegal activity related to health care laws or public aid programs can be reported to the local office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, or by calling (800) 447-8477.