On Monday, it was announced that a Decatur, Illinois woman had been sentenced to prison for defrauding the Home Services Program. Charissie Davis was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for defrauding the Medicaid waiver program. The health care benefit program offers funding to pay personal assistants who aid eligible individuals in performing household and personal care tasks. With permission from a doctor, the personal assistant may also carry out certain health care procedures.

44-year-old Charissie Davis of the 2500 block of East Prairie Street pleaded guilty to the charges on May 5, 2017. The defendant confessed to filling in hours that her son worked for services that were never provided from February 2011 to February 2013 and June 2013 to March 2014. In reality, the defendant’s son was unable to provide personal assistant services, because he was incarcerated at the time.

Davis signed the time sheets and forged her son’s signature. After Davis received payments, she signed her son’s signature so she could cash the checks. The defendant has been ordered to surrender to the Federal Bureau of Prison on January 23, 2018. She has also been ordered to pay $50,244 in restitution. Additional details can be found here.

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