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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a Minnesota woman has been convicted of Theft. Candice Dalton, 24, 6221 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN, appeared in St. Croix County Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of Theft. Sentence was withheld and she was placed on one year probation. As a condition of probation, Dalton is prohibited from working in any Medicaid-funded facility.
According to the Department of Justice's criminal complaint, Dalton was employed by Peaceful Living, of Hudson, WI, as a home health aide. Dalton submitted timesheets indicating that between July 15 and July 31, 2009, she had provided 80 hours of medical services to the client she was assigned to care for. Dalton was paid $645.08 for those hours she claimed to have worked. Peaceful Living later learned from the client that Dalton had not provided any services to her during the last 2 weeks of July 2009.
Candice Dalton admitted to a Wisconsin Department of Justice Investigator that she had lied when she completed the timekeeping forms listing more hours than she actually worked because she needed the money for her rent and she was "going through a money situation." When asked why she didn't just work the required hours, Dalton said that sometimes it was hard to get a ride to the client's house, and sometimes she just didn't want to.
At the end of August 2009, after numerous requests, Dalton did return the check for $645.08 to Peaceful Living.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Gabrysiak.