Tuesday, November 15, 2005
San Antonio Nurse Sentenced In Medicaid Billing Scheme; Illegal Proceeds ReturnedSAN ANTONIO - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office have stopped a local licensed vocational nurse who engaged in a scheme to bill Medicaid for services she never rendered.
Kermette Bryce-Akers, 46, was sentenced in Bexar County’s 227th District Court Monday after pleading guilty on Oct. 10 to state jail felony theft charges. Bryce-Akers remitted to the state almost $16,000, which represents the total amount of her theft.. She was also placed on five years probation, fined $1,500 and will undergo 320 hours of community service.
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“Texas taxpayers get ripped off whenever the Medicaid system is defrauded,” said Attorney General Abbott. “I thank Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed for her partnership in bringing this criminal to justice and making her repay what she stole.”
Bryce-Akers was licensed to provide in-home nursing care in the San Antonio area as an independent contractor of the state’s Medically Dependent Children’s Program (MDCP) and as an employee of Millennium Home Health Care. She billed MDCP for services she did not render while working at Millennium.
In addition, Bryce-Akers fraudulently billed MDCP as a contractor for hours that other Millennium nurses were already billing the MDCP under the state’s THSteps Comprehensive Care Program to provide health care needs to children. The result was duplicate billings for identical services, none of which Bryce-Akers performed. She also forged parents’ signatures on claims forms and altered claims documents to carry out her scheme to collect money illegally.
Assistant Bexar County District Attorney Nicole Thornbro prosecuted the case.
To obtain more information about the Attorney General’s efforts to fight Medicaid fraud, access the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.