Updated: 08/20/2014 3:13 PM
Created: 08/20/2014 12:18 PM WHEC.com
A home health care aide is accused of receiving money from Medicaid for work she didn't do.
Alicia Santiago faces two felony counts of grand larceny.
The state Attorney General's office says Santiago fraudulently billed her employer for more than 180 hours of home care services for a relative from November 2012 to April 2013. Officials say during that time, Santiago was actually working as a certified nurse’s aide at Brighton Manor Nursing Home. The office estimates she received $1,800 in taxpayer money from Medicaid that shouldn't have gone to her.
"There has to be one set of rules for everyone and that is why our office aggressively prosecutes cases of Medicaid fraud that deprive honest New Yorkers of the rightful care they deserve and squander taxpayer dollars," said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. "We want to send a clear message that Medicaid fraud will not be tolerated and that unscrupulous caregivers will be held accountable."
Santiago faces a maximum of two to seven years in prison if convicted. Her case has been adjourned until September 10.