(CLEVELAND)— Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that Caroline Quinnie, owner of 3 Ease Home Health Care, was found guilty of a fourth-degree felony charge of Theft today, following a trial that began Tuesday. She is the owner of 3 Ease Home Health Care ambulette company and improperly billed Medicaid for $70,000.
"These kinds of abuses of the Medicaid system are not only illegal, they're unaffordable," said Attorney General DeWine. "That's why we will always fight against Medicaid fraud and for patients and taxpayers."
An investigation by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General's Office found that Quinnie, 57, of Cleveland, was billing Medicaid for wheelchair transports for individuals not in need of wheelchairs.
The investigation, prompted during an investigation of another ambulette company, also discovered that Quinnie billed Medicaid for an additional attendant during transports when there was no additional employee in that role present.
This fraud occurred over a period from October 2007 to July 2010.
Quinnie was indicted last February. Sentencing is scheduled for April 11. Quinnie faces a maximum penalty of 18 months and restitution.
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