For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
Date: April 5, 2011
Prestin Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud
(Boise) - Amy Prestin, 38, of Twin Falls was sentenced to three years felony probation today for causing false claims to be submitted to the Idaho Medicaid Program. Third District Judge Randy Stoker also ordered her to serve 120 days in jail, pay a $2,500 fine and pay her former employer $6,020 in restitution and interest.
A Twin Falls jury found Prestin guilty of provider fraud on January 28, 2011, after a three-day trial. The state provided evidence that Prestin submitted progress notes and billing sheets to her employer. Those documents were for psychosocial rehabilitation therapy that did not take place. Prestin also submitted claims for work at a client’s home and in the community from July 2005 to May 2006. She later admitted to a state investigator that she had never been to the client’s new home.
As a result of her conviction, Prestin will be excluded from working as a provider or employee of a provider for all federally-funded health care programs, including Medicaid and Medicare.
After Prestin’s former employer discovered the fraudulent claims, her employer contacted the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and placed Prestin on administrative leave.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Medicaid Program Integrity Unity provided the initial investigation. It was then referred to the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for further investigation in June 2009. The case was prosecuted by the Office of Attorney General at the request of Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs.
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