(Boise) – Paul J. Draine, of Garden City, was sentenced today for neglecting his mother and submitting claims to Medicaid for fraudulent services, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Fourth District Judge Lynn Norton sentenced Draine to one year fixed in prison and four years indeterminate. The court suspended the prison sentence and ordered Draine to enter the Rising Sun Sober Living facility. He was placed on supervised probation for five years and ordered to pay $23,408 in restitution to the Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Medicaid, Medicare and a private insurance company.
Draine, 43, pleaded guilty on March 20, 2014, to one felony count of Abuse or Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult and one felony count of Provider Fraud. By pleading guilty, Draine admitted that while employed by TLC Home Health Care & Nursing, Inc., he neglected his mother’s care, resulting in her being admitted to St. Alphonsus Hospital severely dehydrated and malnourished. Adult Protection Services was contacted by the hospital medical staff when they suspected she was a victim of abuse and/or neglect.
A family member reported the situation to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Attorney General. Adult Protection Services was instrumental in the case and assisted the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with its investigation.
While serving a search warrant of the home, shared by Draine and his elderly parents, investigators from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Garden City Police, found the home filthy with drug paraphernalia, trash and dog feces among the piles of clutter.
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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