Rochester Area Nurse And Certified Nurse Aide Sentenced To Jail For Medicaid Fraud And Endangerment

ALBANY, NY (May 14, 2007) – New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that two Rochester health care workers were sentenced to jail time for Medicaid fraud and for endangering a patient in two separate proceedings.

Adrian Clements, 38, of Quamina Drive in Rochester, a licensed practical nurse, admitted that she submitted phony claims to the Medicaid program for private duty nursing services for children. The services she put claims in for were provided by another nurse or not provided at all.

Clements, who previously pleaded guilty to felony Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, was sentenced this morning to four months of weekends in jail, five years probation and ordered to repay $70,785.95 to the Medicaid program. She was sentenced by Acting Monroe County Court Judge Thomas R. Morse.

Debra Wilson, 39, of Flint Street in Rochester, a certified nurse aide, was sentenced today to six months of weekends in jail on her misdemeanor convictions to one count of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person and one count of Willful Violation of Health Laws. After a trial in March, she was convicted of transferring a 92-year-old resident of Shore Winds Nursing Home without assistance, as was required by her care plan. The patient, who sustained skin tears and bruises as a result of the improper transfer, was discovered about two hours later with a bloody towel wrapped around her arm.

Wilson was sentenced by Rochester City Court Judge Melchor Castro.

"My office will aggressively prosecute those who cheat the Medicaid program for personal gain and those who abuse or neglect our vulnerable nursing home residents," said Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo. “Each sentencing today should serve as a reminder to those seeking to skirt the laws.”

Special Assistant Attorney General Timothy McFarland, of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s Rochester Regional Office, handled both prosecutions. He was assisted in the investigations by Supervising Special Investigator Neil Davis, Special Investigator Arthur Vasile and Auditor/Investigator Michael Warfield.