DENVER (CBS4) – A occupational therapist from Castle Rock has pleaded guilty to stealing from the state’s Medicaid program and will repay the state nearly $100,000.
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced the conviction on Thursday of Cheryl Moss, 47, on Thursday. Suthers said an investigation into the case showed Moss forged at least 83 treatment records over a two-year period and got paid from Medicaid by claiming that she was providing therapy services for recipients “when she did not in fact perform those services.”
After pleading guilty to two different felony counts — forgery and theft — Moss has been ordered to be on home detention for two months, will have to perform 300 hours of community service and will repay $54,332. In addition to that total, “Moss also agreed to pay the Medicaid program an additional $46,000 to resolve any potential civil issues.”
“This criminal case reflects this office’s resolve to combat fraud within the Medicaid program, safeguarding both the public purse and the program itself,” said Suthers in a prepared statement. “All providers within this taxpayer-funded program are on notice that Colorado will not tolerate providers who commit fraud and take funds from an important state program that benefits children, the infirm, and those most in need.”
The AG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated the case and determined that the forgery was going on between November 2009 and August 2011.