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Six convicted of crimes in Medicaid fraud scheme

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MILWAUKEE — Six people were convicted of crimes Monday in a fraud scheme that bilked the state’s Medicaid program of more than $1.2 million.

The convicted include the following Milwaukee residents:

  • 31-year-old Lynnesha Craig
  • 35-year-old Erica Danley
  • 40-year-old Darius Jarrett
  • 35-year-old Elizabeth Thomas
  • 26-year-old Ericka Thomas
  • 44-year-old Kimberly Thomas

Ericka Thomas

According to the Department of Justice’s criminal complaints, the defendants “each submitted applications to Wisconsin Medicaid to become durable medical equipment providers. Each properly completed the application process and was granted a provider number and authorization to bill Medicaid for services provided.”

The complaint goes on to say the “claims that followed were primarily for halo cervical devices, tension scoliosis devices, and KAFO devices used to support the knee-ankle-foot.  That equipment typically requires specialized medical treatment for installation and use so there should have been complementary claims from hospitals or physicians for the equipment claims.  No complementary claims were filed, and further investigation revealed that the recipients for whom the devices were allegedly provided did not know the providers, nor did they have need for such orthotic devices.”

Lynnesha Craig

The total amount claimed through such billings was $1,253,816.73, but the Bureau of Public Integrity at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services was able to identify and intercept $199,747.03 before it was paid out.

The six defendants will be sentenced on June 7th and 28th.

Connis Carrington is a seventh defendant who was previously convicted on March 15th for similar crimes. Sentencing for Carrington is set for May 23rd.

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