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State Representative Joe Sosnowski

For Immediate Release December 6, 2011 Contact: Rep. Sosnowski (815) 547-3436

Sosnowski Works With Illinois State Police To Fight Medicaid Fraud

Rockford, IL State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Belvidere/Rockford) applauds the efforts of the Illinois State Police's Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau in their recent Rockford area arrests of individuals who have allegedly defrauded the Illinois Department of Human Services' Home Assistance program. This issue is vital to my district, as five of these six individuals performed fraud in the Rockford area, and are potentially responsible for defrauding the State of over $40,000, said Sosnowski. Representative Sosnowski is working proactively with the Illinois State Police to draft legislation that would help stop fraud before it can happen. I am committed to streamlining the DORS program and eliminating opportunities for fraud, said Sosnowski. This kind of crime not only robs a revenue-starved Illinois and its taxpayers, but it also denies care-dependent individuals the quality care they are meant to receive through this program. Personal assistants are hired through DORS to help disabled or elderly individuals with routine daily needs. As we can see from the Illinois State Police press release, some assistants have taken advantage of the loopholes that exist in this program, said Sosnowski. ILLINOIS STATE POLICE Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau 3107 East Lincolnway, Sterling, IL 61081 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 5, 2011 Between October 24 and December 2, 2011, the following individuals were arrested upon the following charges subsequent to investigations conducted by Illinois State Police Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau agents:
Name Warren H. Perkins Age 47 Address Charges 1141 W. Jefferson St., Rockford, IL Vendor Fraud, Theft over $10,000, Theft by Deception

Dora J. Watson Nicole S. Rogers Winter B. Starks Carolyn A. Russell Felicia M. Riles

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320 Bayliss Ave., Rockford, IL Vendor Fraud, Theft over $5,000, Theft by Deception 173 Eisenhower Drive, Oswego, IL Vendor Fraud, Theft over $10,000, Theft by Deception 3137 Arline Ave., Rockford, IL Vendor Fraud, Theft over $5,000, Theft by Deception 19 Liberty Blvd.,Machesney Park, IL Vendor Fraud, Theft over $10,000, Theft by Deception 4918 Sovereign Blvd., Rockford, IL Vendor Fraud, Theft over $10,000, Theft by Deception

The above individuals were former Personal Assistants hired by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), and had been working in the Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS) Home Assistance program. The arrests were the results of several 12 to 18 month long investigations. The allegations involve billing Medicaid for services not rendered. The above individuals were lodged at the Winnebago and Kendall County jails in lieu of bail. The public is reminded that the above individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.