A woman from Brighton who was supposed to be caring for those confined to their homes has pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud. 27-year-old Jessica Teets admitted that she billed Medicaid for services she did not perform after authorities found a patient who had not been cared for in over a week.
Teets was employed as a personal assistant in the Illinois Home Services Program, a Medicaid Waiver Program designed to allow individuals to stay in their homes instead of entering a nursing home. Federal prosecutors say Teets improperly billed 111 hours of services and obtained more than $13-hundred for services not performed between December 7, 2012 and June 30, 2014. Authorities were contacted after one of the patients was found on July 1, 2014, in an incoherent state and partially covered in dried excrement. It was determined Teets had not checked on the patient for more than a week, also she had billed the state for her services. She faces up to ten years in prison when she is sentenced at a later date.