Woman accused of billing Medicaid for $28K in services not performed

Lake Geneva woman bills Medicaid program for 873 hours of private nursing services
Woman accused of billing Medicaid for $28K in services not performed

A Lake Geneva woman has been charged with three counts of medical assistance fraud for allegedly submitting timesheets to the Medicaid program for time nursing services she didn’t perform, according to a release.

Linda J. Turner, R.N., is a certified Wisconsin Medicaid provider who has been providing private-duty nursing services since June 14, 1995, according to the release. Wisconsin Medicaid is a program jointly funded by the state and federal governments that pays for health-related services to low-income ad medically needy people.

An investigation showed that between September 2010 and May 2013, Turner provided daily, in-home care to a tracheostomy patient, officials said. The patient then had reconstructive surgery and after being released did not need daily care.

The patient’s mother said Turner did not provide any services after May 9, 2013, but records show that Turner submitted timesheets to the Medicaid program, claiming she had not only provided services to the patient during her hospital stay, but through Sept. 15, 2013, according to the release. In total, Turner billed 873 hours and received approximately $28,538.37 in payments for services officials believe she did not provide, according to the release.

The complaint was filed in Kenosha County Circuit Court on Dec. 4, and Turner appeared in court on Dec. 16 without counsel. She will be back in court Jan. 7.