CSAO: Plainville Woman Charged with Scheming to Defraud Medicaid

Plainville Woman Charged with Scheming to Defraud Medicaid

A Plainville woman was arrested today and charged with scheming with the personal health care assistant paid with tax dollars to assist her to bill the government for twice as much time as the man actually worked.

STEVEANN E. DAESENER, age 40, of West Main Street, Plainville, was charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree By Defrauding A Public Community, Conspiracy to Commit Larceny in the First Degree and Insurance Fraud.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, between January and December 2010, Daesener and her personal care assistant, Brian Borry, submitted 27 fraudulent billings, claiming that Borry had worked between 48 and 52 hours bi-weekly, when, in fact, he had worked less than half that amount of time.

Over the course of a year, Borry was paid $15,065 for about $6,600 worth of work, the warrant states. The alleged scheme unraveled when Borry complained to police that Daesener did not pay him his promised share of the proceeds from the fraudulent billings.

Borry was arrested in July. His case is currently pending in Hartford Superior Court, G.A. No. 14.

Funded by the government-financed Medicaid program, the Personal Care Assistance program provides funds to allow disabled adults to hire assistants to provide daily care, thus enabling the individual to remain at home instead of being placed in a health care facility.

Daesener was released on a $25,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court, G.A. No. 14, on November 14, 2013. The charges are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Larceny in the First Degree By Defrauding A Public Community and Conspiracy to Commit Larceny in the First Degree are class B felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Insurance Fraud is a class D felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

The case will be prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The unit is grateful for the assistance it received in this investigation from the Plainville and Rocky Hill Police Departments, and the Office of Investigations in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



Content Last Modified on 11/4/2013 3:24:56 PM