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Queens Chronicle

Prison for Medicaid scam nurse

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Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014 10:30 am

A licensed practical nurse who admitted stealing nearly $1 million from the taxpayers over seven years was sentenced to two years in prison, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday.

Roxanne McKen had made a practice of billing Medicaid for services she was supposed to be providing to a boy born with a severe birth defect. But she was billing for times when she was out of state, visiting Florida, out of the country, visiting Jamaica, or just running errands, Schneiderman said.

She also told Medicaid she was living in poverty in a year when she was raking in $220,000 through her scam, the AG said, so she and her children could qualify for the public healthcare program. And she billed Medicaid for services that had already been paid for by a private insurer, United Healthcare, which assisted in the investigation.

McKen, a resident of Baldwin, LI, pleaded guilty before Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron to felony charges of grand larceny in the third degree and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree. In addition to a year in prison for each charge, Kron ordered that she pay back the $939,000 she stole.

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