Baltic Woman Charged in Scheme to Defraud Medicaid
A Baltic woman was arrested today and charged with billing the Medicaid program for working as a personal care assistant when she was actually in the hospital and also filing bogus time sheets for two others, including her ex-husband who was in prison.
SHANNON DUBICKI, also known as SHANNON DENOMME, age 36, of Potash Hill Road, Baltic, was arrested by Inspectors from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit 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 and Health Insurance Fraud, and two counts each of Second Degree Forgery and Third Degree Identity Theft.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Dubicki was an enrolled provider in the Personal Care Assistance (PCA) program, a federal and state funded Medicaid program that allows eligible participants to hire others to assist with their daily care.
Between August 2017 and May 2018, Dubicki billed Medicaid and was paid for services she could not have provided because she was in the hospital, the warrant states. She also collected additional payments by submitting forged time sheets for her ex-husband, who was in jail, and another man, the warrant states.
She was paid about $2,557 for these false claims, the warrant alleges.
DUBICKI was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court, G.A. No. 14, on August 13, 2019. 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. Health Insurance Fraud is an unclassified felony, and Second Degree Forgery and Third Degree Identity Theft are class D felonies, each punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
The case will be prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The investigation is continuing and an additional arrest is expected. 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 Norwich Police Department.