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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a Beloit woman has been convicted of Medicaid fraud.
Lara Skrzypczynski appeared in Walworth County Circuit Court on December 5, 2013 and entered pleas of guilty to Medicaid fraud, a felony and falsification of patient health care records, a misdemeanor. She agreed to make restitution of $45,786.87 to the State. Sentencing was adjourned to January 24, 2014, to allow the defendant time to schedule witnesses to testify on her behalf.
According to the amended criminal complaint, the mother of two sons who both have Duchenne muscular dystrophy and require 24-hour skilled nursing care, met Skrzypczynski, an RN, through mutual friends. At that time the family lived in Illinois and Skrzypczysnki offered to assist with the paperwork necessary to secure nursing care for the boys after the family moved to Wisconsin. Skrzypczysnki made it clear to the mother, and to the private duty nurses providing cares for the patients, that she was not part of the nursing staff and that she was just helping out the family. However, between May 2008 and April 2010, Skrzypczysnki billed the Wisconsin Medicaid program claiming she had provided nursing services to the patients and she falsified the medical records to make it appear as though she had provided those services.
The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control and Elder Abuse unit of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
A copy of the amended criminal complaint is available here.