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Three Locals Among Those Charged With Medicaid Fraud


Three area residents are among more than two dozen Illinois residents who have been charged with health care fraud stemming from federal investigations.

Federal prosecutors Thursday announced charges against 29 people who allegedly abused a health care program funded by Medicaid. 

The program pays for personal assistants to help Medicaid recipients stay in their homes.   The Feds says the defendants allegedly submitted false claims for hours worked when they had other full time jobs, were in jail or the client was hospitalized.

The Central District of Illinois press release says Michelle Calhoun, 36, of Cantrall, Patricia Davis, 58 and Alicia Davis, 29, both of Petersburg, were charged with mail fraud for allegedly submitting false time sheets for services that none of them performed.

Bill is a former general manager, economy reporter, Harvest correspondent and Statehouse Bureau Chief for NPR Illinois. He has won several awards including the Associated Press Best Investigative Reporter.
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