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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a Sheboygan County woman has been convicted of theft. Stephanie Schwartz, 26, 188 York Street, Sheboygan Falls, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of Theft. Sentence was withheld and Schwartz was placed on probation for a period of one year with conditions to include paying $4,009.36 in restitution to the State Medicaid program, the payment of costs, and she must report her misconduct to the nursing board within 48 hours.
According to the Department of Justice's criminal complaint, Schwartz is a Licensed Practical Nurse and is certified as an independent nurse to deliver services under the Medicaid based "Nurses in Independent Practice" program. Through the program, Schwartz was to provide in-home private-duty nursing services to Medicaid recipients and then bill the Medicaid program for those services she provided. Between July 6 and August 2, 2008, and June 11 and July 10, 2009, Schwartz billed the Medicaid program for services she had not provided thereby receiving over $4,000 in money not owed to her. Schwartz admitted under questioning that she had billed falsely because she and her family needed the money.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Gabrysiak.