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Centralia Man Sentenced for Health Care Fraud

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A 53-year-old Centralia man has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to a two-count indictment charging that he engaged in a scheme to commit health care fraud and that he made a false statements in connection with health care benefits.  Sentencing for Michael Mays has been set for March 7th.  He faces up to ten years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release.   

During his plea hearing, Mays, who is a beneficiary of the ILlinois Home Services program, admitted that he had submitted, together with his personal assistant, false and fraudulent claims in regard to the hours of services performed by his personal assistant in the Home Services Program.  The Medicaid Waiver Program is designed to allow individuals to stay in their homes instead of entering a nursing home.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General and the Illinois State Police.  

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