It's probation for a pair of Metro East women who have admitted to healthcare fraud. 28-year-old Jessica A. Teets of Granite City and 55-year-old Ann Marie Sheppard of O'Fallon pleaded guilty in federal court this week to the charges of defrauding the federal government's Home Services Program.
That's a program designed to keep people in their homes and out of nursing homes. Sheppard admitted to billing for services while she was traveling to places like Costa Rica and the Caribbean. Sheppard also admitted to two related mail frauds. Her first six months of probation will be served in home detention. Teets confessed to improperly billing the government for services she did not perform, and that her client, who was also her mother, was found in an incoherent state, partially covered in dried excrement. Her mother wound up being hospitalized as a result. Both Teets and Sheppard were ordered to pay back the money they illegally obtained.