For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: January 5, 2011

Urrabazo Sentenced to Jail for Using Medicaid Client’s Credit Cards

(Boise) - Adelita Urrabazo, 46, of Nampa, was sentenced Tuesday to two to eight years in prison for exploiting a vulnerable adult, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Third District Judge Juneal Kerrick suspended the prison sentence and ordered Urrabazo to serve 90 days in the county jail and 90 days on the sheriff’s work detail. In addition, the court ordered Urrabazo to serve eight years probation and to repay $8,989 for items purchased on her client’s credit cards.

On November 8, Urrabazo entered a guilty plea to one felony count of exploiting a vulnerable adult.

Urrabazo had been paid by the Idaho Medicaid program to take care of two clients in her home as part of Medicaid’s Certified Family Home program.  She used one of her client’s credit cards to purchase a four carat diamond ring at a cost of $6,558 and tires and wheels, which cost $2,045.

After the theft was discovered, Medicaid terminated Urrabazo as a provider and charges were filed by the Office of Attorney General acting as special prosecutor for Canyon County.

The case was investigated by the Idaho Office on Aging (Sage Community Resources), the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office and the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

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