AG: Healthcare worker defrauds state out of $48K

A statue representing justice. (KOIN 6 News, file)
A statue representing justice. (KOIN 6 News, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The State’s Attorney General’s Office filed criminal charges against a 53-year-old St. Helens woman who is accused of submitting false in-home health care vouchers to the state in an effort to collect $48,000.

The indictment against Anita Folkner was filed Monday in Multnomah County Circuit Court. Senior Assistant Attorney General Melissa M. Chureau, who is in charge of the Medicaid Fraud Unit, wrote in court documents that Folkner took two classes in 2007 in which she was told about how to properly bill the state for in-home health care work. In 2007, Folkner started working for an elderly person who needed full assistance with preparing meals, shopping, and other tasks, court documents state.

The family told investigators that Folkner never provided any services to the elderly man, court documents state. Chureau wrote that Folkner would call ahead and arraigned for the elderly man to sign the proof of employment vouchers outside the home. Investigators with the state learned that Folkner submitted claims between May 2009 and April 2015 alleging $48,000 in false payments, Chureau wrote.

Folkner told investigators that she never performed any of the work that she submitted to the state for payment. She told them that did take the elderly man out to eat two to three times per month, Chureau wrote. Folkner confirmed to investigators that when the vouchers would come in, she would go to the man’s home to have him sign it, Chureau wrote.

Folkner is charged with 12 counts of making a false claim for health care payment and 13 counts of first-degree theft by deception.

She remains out of custody, but is scheduled to be arraigned on May 18.

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