For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Kriss Bivens Cloyd
Date: July 24, 2014
Idaho Falls Woman Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud
(Boise) – Robin Villarreal-Ratcliff, of Idaho Falls, has been sentenced for using a computer to submit fraudulent claims for Medicaid services, Attorney General Wasden announced today. Seventh Judicial District Judge Jon Shindurling gave Villarreal-Ratcliff a withheld judgment and placed her on probation for four years.The judge also ordered 53-year-old Villarreal-Ratcliff to pay $2,889 in combined restitution to the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare and the Attorney General's Office for investigative costs. She must also pay the additional court fines and costs.
On June 2, 2014, Villarreal-Ratcliff was found guilty after entering an "Alford plea," thereby admitting that the State has sufficient evidence that a jury would likely find her guilty. The plea covers one felony count of a Computer Crime.
Villarreal-Ratcliff operated a family alternative care home that provided personal care services (PCS) in Idaho Falls. During the time period of February 2011 to March 2012, Villarreal-Ratcliff billed Medicaid for providing personal care services to two Medicaid recipients who were children when those services were not actually provided by her, because she was vacationing in Costa Rica; Seattle, Washington; Pensacola, Florida; and Lihue, Hawaii.
The Attorney General's Office was appointed as special prosecutor at the request of Bonneville County Prosecuting Attorney Bruce Pickett. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Laura Perkovic.
Citizens interested in reporting Medicaid Fraud, theft, or abuse should contact the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General's Office by calling (208) 334-4100 or report the fraud online here.
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