Corporate Compliance

Woman pleads guilty to $1 million healthcare fraud scheme

Compliance Monitor, January 21, 2009

On January 15, Kim Joann Austen, a former Department of Human Service (DHS) employee, pleaded guilty to one count of healthcare fraud, according to an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
 
According to the plea agreement, Austen created a false ID that she used to bill the Minnesota Medicaid program for phantom services. From 2003 until September 2008, the state of Minnesota issued 23 checks to the false ID worth approximately $1 million.

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