Attorney General Masto Announces Sentencing of Las Vegas Personal Care Assistant
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September 15, 2014
Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez
Masto announced that Stephanie Sierad, 43, of Las Vegas, was sentenced today in
a Medicaid fraud case involving the submitting of false Medicaid claims.
“Home health care is an important service for these recipients,” said Masto.
“My office will continue to investigate and prosecute cases like this to
preserve the integrity of services for the individuals who need them.”
Sierad was sentenced for one gross misdemeanor offense of intentional failure
to maintain adequate records by District Court Judge Jessie Walsh. Judge
Walsh sentenced Sierad to 150 days in jail, suspended, performance of 80 hours
of community service and payment of $2,428 in restitution, penalties, and costs.
An investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU)
revealed that Sierad was providing false documentation for reimbursement to a
home health company. The investigation revealed that Sierad had submitted
documentation claiming she had provided home health services to Medicaid
recipients. The hours Sierad allegedly provided to the Medicaid recipients
did not reflect the actual amount of hours she listed on her documentation.
Sierad had other employment that conflicted with the times she was allegedly
providing services to the Medicaid recipients. The documentation was
relied upon by the home health company for submission of claims to Nevada
The fraud occurred between July 2012 and October 2012.
The MFCU investigates and prosecutes financial fraud by those providing
healthcare services or goods to Medicaid patients. Persons convicted of
Medicaid fraud may also be administratively excluded from future Medicaid and
The MFCU also investigates and prosecutes instances of elder abuse or
neglect. Anyone wishing to report suspicions regarding any of these
concerns may contact the MFCU at 702-486-3420 or 775-684-1100. To file a
complaint visit our website at www.ag.nv.gov.
The case was prosecuted by Andrew Schulke, Senior Deputy Attorney General.
(Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)