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A Carbondale woman was sentenced Wednesday to house arrest, probation and to pay restitution on a federal charge of health care fraud.

According to a news release from U.S. attorney Donald S. Boyce, Stephanie L. Patterson was charged with engaging in a scheme to steal from the State of Illinois Medicaid Home Services Program. 

Patterson was sentenced to five years of probation, the first four months of which she will serve in home detention. She was also ordered to pay $81,131.20 in restitution to the Home Services Program and a $100 special assessment.

According to the release, the Home Services Program Patterson defrauded is a Medicaid waiver program designed to allow individuals to stay home instead of entering nursing homes. Patterson falsely billed the program between January 2011 and June 2016, claiming that a relative rendered personal assistant services to a customer when the relative was actually in prison at the time. Patterson improperly billed hundreds of hours of services and got $81,131.20 in payments for services that were never performed.

— The Southern

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