East Texas defendant sentenced to prison

The OIG’s Benefits Program Integrity (BPI) unit collaborated with the Social Security Administration to resolve a Smith County case. A client failed to report several owned properties on Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income applications for her child. As a result, the client was overissued $214,585 in Medicaid benefits from November 2007 to December 2013.

This case was filed jointly with the Social Security Administration in federal court, and the client was charged with securing the execution of a document by deception. In September, BPI received the final disposition. The client plead guilty and was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison. The individual will also receive one year of supervised release upon completion of the prison term and was ordered to pay the Social Security Administration $49,798 in restitution and a total of $214,585 in restitution for the over issuance of Medicaid benefits.