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

Date: August 30, 2011

Canyon County personal Care Service Provider Sentenced for Grand Theft

(Boise) - Virginia Corona, a Canyon County personal care service provider, was sentenced yesterday on one count of grand theft, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.  Third District Judge Gregory Culet ordered her to serve 120 days in the county jail and pay $5,770 in restitution to Idaho Medicaid and her employers.  She was also placed on probation for 10 years.

Corona pleaded guilty on July 6, 2011, to grand theft.  By pleading guilty, Corona admitted that she submitted progress notes and was paid for time while her client was in the hospital, being transported by an ambulance, or while the client’s family took care of her.  Corona was also paid for services that she did not perform.  She worked nights and either slept during the day while her client also slept, or the services would have been at the same time Corona provided services for another client who lived elsewhere.

The case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.  Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan F. Taylor appointed the Office of Attorney General as special prosecutor on the case.

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