Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Central District of Illinois
Monday, December 2, 2019
Peoria Woman Sentenced to 15 Months in Federal Prison for Healthcare Fraud
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Erica Miller, 47, of Peoria, Ill., has been ordered to serve 15 months in prison for healthcare fraud. U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough further ordered that Miller pay restitution in the amount of $101,960. Miller was immediately taken into custody following the sentencing hearing on November 22, 2019.
Miller pleaded guilty on July 11, 2018, to one count of health care fraud. According to court documents, between June 11, 2010, and November 5, 2015, Miller was paid by the Illinois Home Services Assistance Program to be a personal assistant for a person with a disability. The Illinois Home Service Assistance Program is partially funded through the federal Medicaid program.
According to her plea, Miller, who was required to perform tasks that assist with daily living activities in a person’s home, failed to do so and repeatedly submitted time sheets for services she did not perform. Miller also submitted several time sheets while she was serving a sentence of imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections and while on parole following her release. As a result of the fraud, the Illinois Home Service Assistance Program suffered a loss of over $101,960.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Harris prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Office of Inspector General, Health and Human Services, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Illinois State Police Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.