Waterbury Woman Charged in Scheme to Defraud Medicaid
A Waterbury woman who worked as a personal care assistant to a developmentally disabled man was arrested and charged billing Medicaid for his care after she had stopped providing services.
ADRIEONNA FISHER, age 26, of Grilleytown Road in Waterbury, was arrested Thursday by Inspectors from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree By Defrauding A Public Community, Criminal Attempt to Commit Larceny in the Second Degree and Health Insurance Fraud.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Fisher was hired in March 2015 to provide personal support services to a 55-year-old developmentally disabled man. She left the job in July 2016 but continued to bill Medicaid until November 2016 for work she never performed.
The false claims totaled $6,024, the warrant states. MFCU investigated two additional false time sheets for which Fisher attempted to gain payment, but those claims were not paid.
Fisher was released on a $6,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court, G.A. No. 14, on March 6, 2020. The charges are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Larceny in the First Degree By Defrauding A Public Community is a class B felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Criminal Attempt to Commit Larceny in the Second Degree is a class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Health Insurance Fraud is an unclassified felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
The case will prosecuted by the MFCU. The Unit is grateful for the assistance it received in this investigation from the state Department of Social Services Office of Quality Assurance and the Waterbury Police Department.