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An Eldorado woman pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to charges that she stole from a federal health care program.

According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft, Betsy J. Gutowski, 45, is in custody with her bond revoked until her sentencing, which is set for November.

In her plea hearing, according to the release, Gutowski admitted she submitted false and fraudulent bills for personal assistant services in the Home Services Program, which is a Medicaid waiver program designed to allow people to stay home rather than go to a nursing home. Gutowski admitted she falsely billed the program between Dec. 1, 2011, and Oct. 15, 2012. Gutowski reported that a person who was in a hospital or nursing home at the time had been providing her personal assistant services, the release says. 

In total, Gutowski falsely billed 349.5 hours of services, and made out with $4,036.73 in payments for services that were never performed. 

She faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,00 fine. Her sentencing is set for Nov. 15.

— The Southern

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