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Milwaukee Woman Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud and Theft


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that Yvette Harris, 50, of Milwaukee appeared before the Honorable Jean A. DiMotto in Milwaukee County Circuit Court today for sentencing on convictions related to her fraudulent billing of the Wisconsin Medicaid program. Following a five-day trial on March 8, a jury found Harris guilty of one count of medical assistance fraud and one count of theft. The verdicts resulted from claims filed by Harris from her employment as a Medicaid provider, certified as a registered nurse to provide in-home health care for Medicaid recipients. Wisconsin Medicaid is a public health insurance program for the needy and disabled jointly funded by the state and federal governments.


According to the criminal complaint, Harris was interviewed by the mother of a young girl needing cares with a ventilator and for other complex medical needs. Harris was not hired to provide the cares but submitted claims for payment for services.


For medical assistance fraud, the court sentenced Harris to one year in jail, and for theft, to nine months jail consecutive. The sentence was stayed; the defendant was placed on probation for 18 months on the first count and one year on the second, to run concurrent. Harris was ordered to serve 100 days in jail and pay restitution of $1,214.84, along with other conditions of probation.


The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control and Elder Abuse Unit of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.