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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Keith London, 39, was found guilty of 17 felony counts of medical assistance fraud after a three-day jury trial. The charges stem from London's participation in the Medicaid-funded “Include, Respect, I Self-Direct” (IRIS) Program that allows Medicaid recipients to hire their own care providers. Program participants act as employers and are responsible for submitting timesheets to IRIS, showing the hours worked by the care providers. London became a participant in the IRIS program in December 2008.
Between April 2009 and December 2009, London submitted timesheets to IRIS showing a male employee was working as his care provider. Paychecks sent from IRIS to London in the employee's name were deposited in London's personal bank account. The male employee testified he never worked for London and never received any money from the IRIS program.
In February 2009, a female responded to an advertisement for employment as a caregiver to Keith London. She completed the necessary paperwork to begin employment but quit the job after only two days. London submitted timesheets to IRIS indicating the woman was working for him from October 2009 to February 2010. As is the program's policy, IRIS sent London paychecks for the female in her name. Those checks also were deposited in London's personal account. The woman testified she only worked those two days for which she was never paid.
Immediately following the verdict, London was sentenced to eight years and two months of imprisonment, composed of six years and eight months of initial confinement, and one year, six months of extended supervision. London also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $28,821.56.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Jeffrey Gabrysiak and Katie Wilson.