Carbondale Woman Sentenced for Defrauding Home Services Program

May 16, 2018

A Carbondale woman was sentenced Wednesday for engaging in a scheme to steal from a health care program.

The U.S. attorney says the court sentenced Stephanie Patterson to five years of probation with the first four months to be served in home detention. She was also ordered to pay over 81-thousand dollars in restitution to the State of Illinois Medicaid Home Services Program.

Court records indicate Patterson billed the program between January 2011 to June 2016, when she falsely claimed a relative provided personal assistant services to a customer when, in fact, the relative was incarcerated at the time.

As a result, Patterson improperly billed hundreds of hours of services and obtained over 81-thousand dollars in payments for services not performed.