(Boise) – Cline M. Waddell and his office manager, Linda J. Hefner, of Assisting Hands Home Care-Boise, LLC, a Nampa business, have been sentenced for defrauding Medicaid, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.
Waddell, 66, pleaded guilty and was sentenced today. Waddell was aware of Hefner putting her name down for hours she did not work but did not do anything about it and allowed the fraudulent claims to be submitted to the Idaho Medicaid Program. Third District Judge George Southworth accepted a stipulated plea agreement and ordered Waddell to perform 40 hours of community service and pay $300 in fines and court costs. Terms of the plea agreements require both Waddell and Hefner to reimburse Medicaid a total of $12,282, which Waddell paid prior to sentencing.
Last month, Third Judicial District Judge Juneal Kerrick sentenced Hefner, 68, on a felony of aiding and abetting Cline Waddell in provider fraud. Pursuant to a stipulated plea agreement, the court placed her on probation for two years, ordered her to perform seven days of sheriff inmate labor detail and perform 100 hours of community service. By pleading guilty, Hefner admitted she put her name as a care provider in the company’s computer for providing personal care services to clients when she knew she had not performed the services. Assisting Hands Home Care-Boise then billed Medicaid for those services knowing they had not been performed.
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.