MANKATO– A Mankato female who made $600,000 in deceitful Medicaid claims states she was having a hard time to keep her business afloat and didn’t want her customers with impairments to go without care.
Rebecca Swanson, 51, owned a small company offering personal care assistants, or PCAs, to people with impairments. She was sentenced Monday in Blue Earth County District Court on charges she released unqualified PCAs and sent incorrect Medicare repayment claims.
Swanson pleaded guilty to 6 felony counts of theft by incorrect representation in February. Twelve counts of the very same charge were dismissed.
Judge Bradley Walker provided a sentence that mirrored the plea offer proposal. She’ll invest a year in prison and pay $601,000 in restitution.
Swanson likewise was purchased to invest 20 years on probation and got a remained 68-month jail sentence that might be performed if she cannot make restitution payments or breaches probation terms.
The case was examined and prosecuted by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. A private investigator with the workplace’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit discovered Swanson’s business, Mybeck Inc., made $601,000 in phony claims from 2010 to 2015.
Swanson overbilled Medicaid by over $210,000, inning accordance with the criminal problem. She sent claims that PCAs were working the optimum variety of hours that Medicaid would repay even when the PCAs worked fewer hours, the examination concluded.
Swanson confessed she did not run needed background look at brand-new staff members because they took too long and she didn’t wish to pay the $20 costs, inning accordance with the criminal grievance. A few of the workers would not have passed the background check, the examination identified.
Swanson then incorrectly reported to the federal government that previous workers who had passed background checks were supplying the care rather. These deceptive collections amounted to over $186,000.
Swanson likewise confessed she didn’t have a necessary competent PCA manager on staff for numerous months. She got more than $161,000 throughout that time frame for which she wasn’t qualified, inning accordance with the grievance.
Swanson stated in court Monday she was having a hard time to maintain workers, to meet broadening state requirements and to make earnings. She must have closed her business but her customers “resembled household to me,” she stated. Her actions were encouraged by a desire to guarantee none of her customers were left without caretaker’s due to her business issues, she stated.
” I feel dreadful about exactly what took place and I want it might be reversed,” Swanson stated.
A previous customer who asked not to be called stated Swanson’s criminal offense left numerous previous customers rushing to find replacement care. They were left with an increased “worry of vulnerability,” she stated.
Swanson’s lawyer, Thomas Hagen, asked the judge to stagger the prison sentence and permit most it to be waived if she is making restitution payments. Hagen noted she does not have any previous criminal convictions and was “entirely transparent” with detectives. If imprisoned she would lose her positioning with an employment service and could not make restitution payments, he argued.
Assistant Attorney General Nicholas Wanka argued for a year in prison.
” This was a significant financial criminal offense and there were extremely susceptible victims included,” he stated.
Walker purchased Swanson to invest a complete year in prison, starting June 30 but permitted work release.