|BG woman given community control for Medicaid fraud|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Tuesday, 18 June 2013 11:17|
A Bowling Green woman was ordered to repay more than $21,000 obtained through fraud from government benefits.
Sarah (Your) Smith, 31, was sentenced Monday for her conviction of Medicaid eligibility fraud and attempted grand theft.
Both the prosecution and the defense requested she be placed on community control sanctions (formerly called probation) rather than her serving time in prison.
Wood County Common Pleas Court Judge Reeve Kelsey agreed and ordered Smith to two years of sanctions. Among the conditions is that she pay $21,115 in restitution which will be paid to Wood County Department of Job and Family Services.
When given her opportunity to address the court, Smith said, "I'm sorry and I want to make it right."
Court records indicate she has already paid $8,000 toward her judgment, and she must repay the remainder within two years.
According to the indictment, Smith did not properly disclose assets for determination of eligibility to receive Medicaid benefits from May 2008 through Feb. 29, 2012. The grand theft charge alleges daycare assistance funds from Job and Family services from July 1, 2010 through Feb. 29, 2012.
As part of a plea agreement previously agreed upon by Smith and the prosecution, seven additional charges were dismissed at sentencing.
Those charges include a second count of Medicaid eligibility fraud, and six counts of tampering with records.
The judge ordered her to perform 200 hours of community service. Kelsey also told the defendant he is reserving 12 months in prison on each charge should she fail to comply with her sanctions.
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