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Hamburg nurse steals over $27K from Medicaid

Submitted false claims for services not provided
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Posted at 10:52 AM, Nov 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-30 11:06:30-05

Attorney General Schneiderman today announced the guilty plea of 33-year-old Lisa P. Tomlinson for stealing over $27,000 from Medicaid. 

Over a 17 month period, the A.G.'s office conducted an investigation revealing Licensed Practical Nurse Tomlinson had submitted 105 false claims for private-duty nursing services she never provided to six severely disabled children. 

The A.G.'s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit found that between January 1st, 2015 and July 31st, 2016, Tomlinson reported false claims when she was in Canada caring for a private-pay patient, when she was in Florida on vacation -- another nurse provided that care-- and after she had been fired by a patient's mother. 

Officials say she continued to submit false claims to Medicaid while aware of the A.G.'s investigation. 

Today, Tomlinson pleaded guilty to fourth degree grand larceny and has been ordered to pay back all $27,186.46 to the NYS Medicaid Fraud Restitution Fund.

Tomlinson now faces probation or one to four years in state prison.

Officials say she will be sentenced on March 16th, 2018.