FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 29, 2013
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on October 29, 2013, Michael E. Mays, 53, of Centralia, IL, pled guilty to a two-count indictment charging that he engaged in a scheme to commit health care fraud and that he made false statements in connection with health care benefits. At his sentencing Mays will face up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and up to 3 years of supervised release on the first count, and up to 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to 3 years of supervised release on the second count. Sentencing has been set for March 7, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois.
During his plea hearing, Mays, a beneficiary of the Illinois Home Services program, admitted that he had submitted, together with his personal assistant, false and fraudulent claims in regard to the hours of services performed by his personal assistant in the Home Services Program, a Medicaid Waiver Program designed to allow individuals to stay in their homes instead entering a nursing home.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General and the Illinois State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Quinley.
If you suspect or know of an individual or company that is not complying with healthcare laws or public aid programs, you may report this activity to the local office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General or call 1-800-447-8477.