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Detroit woman charged with Medicaid fraud for allegedly receiving payments after being fired as caregiver

By meerna Jul10,2024
Detroit woman charged with Medicaid fraud for allegedly receiving payments after being fired as caregiver

(CBS DETROIT) A 29-year-old Detroit woman is facing charges in connection with submitting false time sheets and accepting payments after she was fired from her job as a caregiver, officials said.

Deseraye Dejarnette was charged with Medicaid fraud by submitting false applications, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison or a $50,000 fine, according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office.

The woman was hired directly by Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network as an employment and support specialist to provide services to a Medicaid beneficiary with special needs.

Dejarnette allegedly provided falsified timesheets stating that she worked in the position from July 15, 2022, to April 27, 2023, even though she was terminated from her position at that time.

Because of these false timesheets, Dejarnette was paid $19,183.19 for work she did not perform.

“Medicaid funds must be used appropriately and not diverted through fraudulent schemes,” Nessel said. “My office will continue to protect the Medicaid program from those who would exploit it for their own benefit.”

Dejarnette was released on $50,000 bail.

A probable cause of death conference is scheduled for July 19, and her preliminary examination is scheduled for July 25.

The case was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Health Care Fraud Section, which is the federally certified Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for the State of Michigan.

By meerna

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