DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office recently obtained guilty pleas and sentences in the Denver District Court in two separate Medicaid wheelchair-fraud cases.
Cortney Ileane Miller, 55, pleaded guilty Aug. 14, 2009 to forgery, a class-five felony. Theft and other felony charges in a twelve-count Criminal Complaint were dismissed. Denver District Court Judge Christina Habas sentenced Miller to five years probation, with conditions to include 100 hours of useful public service and restitution of more than $23,000.
According to court documents, Miller, who is now a Texas resident, worked in an Adams County wheelchair supply company owned in part by her husband. She acquired an invoice from a supplier for an expensive power wheelchair. She modified the invoice and included it in support of several bills that she submitted to the Colorado Medicaid program for other clients. Most of the bills were for much less expensive equipment, but Miller claimed the high price supported by the false invoice, plus profit.
In a separate, unrelated case, Michelle Riley, 41, a former co-worker of Miller, pleaded guilty in Denver District Court on July 24, 2009 to theft, a class-four felony, and forgery, a class-five felony, stemming from charges that she submitted several false Medicaid bills to the state. Riley received five years probation with restitution of more than $63,000.
According to court documents, Riley, owner of a Denver-based wheelchair supply company, submitted bills to Medicaid for three wheelchairs which were never supplied to the recipients, and over-billed three other wheelchairs and one power scooter. Riley also allegedly falsified wheelchair repair records to collect for repairs that did not happen. Riley and Miller had worked together in the past, but their crimes appeared unrelated.
“These cases should send the message that we will not tolerate fraud that takes money away from health care for the neediest citizens of Colorado,” Suthers said.
The Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit prosecuted the cases. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates fraud perpetrated against the state Medicaid program, as well as abuse against elders and others in federally funded long-term care facilities.