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MADISON — Attorney General J.B.Van Hollen announced today that a Madison man has been convicted and sentenced for Medicaid fraud.
Norman Saffold appeared in Dane County Circuit Court on February 19 and entered a plea of guilty to Medicaid fraud, a felony; three additional charges were dismissed and read-in for sentencing. On May 1, Judge Ellen K. Berz sentenced Saffold to four years imprisonment, to be served as 18 months initial confinement and 30 months extended supervision. Conditions of extended supervision include weekly drug testing, alcohol and other drug assessment, restitution in the amount of $3,564.87, and prohibit employment at any establishment where alcohol is served.
According to the criminal complaint, Saffold worked as a personal caregiver for his mother, Lorraine Carr, a Medicaid recipient. Saffold claimed to have cared for his mother approximately 180 hours a month from April 18, 2012 to December 31, 2012. Saffold signed timesheets detailing the hours he claimed to have provided cares; they also were verified and signed by Carr. An investigation into Saffold’s employment history showed he was actually clocked-in, working at various local restaurants during many of the hours he claimed to be caring for his mother.
Charges of Medicaid fraud are currently pending against Lorraine Carr. A criminal complaint is a document accusing a person of a violation of a criminal law. A defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until the state proves guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by the Medicaid Fraud Control and Elder Abuse unit of the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The state is represented by Assistant Attorney General Katie M. Wilson.