An Alton woman was among the 15 people included in the second wave of indictments -arising out of the abuse of a Medicaid program in Illinois that pays personal assistants to assist Medicaid recipients with general household activities and personal care. 47-year old Roslyn R. James  and 14 others residing throughout southern Illinois have been charged in 12 separate indictments by a Federal Grand Jury in Benton with the offense of Health Care Program Fraud.

The indictments allege that the charged individuals exploited the Home Services Program and received Medicaid funds to which they were not entitled. Several investigations uncovered services being billed, but not performed, due to the personal assistant being jail or out of town. Others revealed that some personal assistants and beneficiaries were receiving the Medicaid payments for services not rendered and simply splitting the paychecks.

If convicted, James and other defendants each face up to ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up ot three years of supervised release.

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