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MADISON Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a Polk County woman, Dixie Jeffery, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of Theft related to her duties as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
According to the Department of Justices criminal complaint, in 2007 Jeffery worked as a private nurse caring for a young man who is on a ventilator. Jeffery was paid for her services through the states Medicaid program. The young mans mother noticed in a review of her sons records that Jeffery had made claims and received reimbursement for dates she had not worked. In fact, Jeffery continued to bill the Medicaid program after her employment for the family had ended. Records show Jeffery received over $4,809.28 for services she had not provided.
Jeffery is scheduled to appear in Polk County Circuit Court on June 6. If convicted, Jeffery faces a maximum nine months imprisonment and a fine not to exceed $10,000 at sentencing.
The allegations in the complaint and described above have not been proved in a court of law. The defendant is presumed innocent, and the state bears the burden of proving the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Frank Remington.