Rochester Nurse Admits Over $70,000 In Medicaid Fraud

ALBANY, NY (March 14, 2007) – Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced that a Rochester-area nurse pled guilty to receiving over $70,000 in Medicaid funds for private nursing services that she never provided.

On March 12, Adrian Clements, 39, of Rochester, a Licensed Practical Nurse, pleaded guilty to one count of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree (a felony) in Monroe County Court before Judge Thomas R. Morse.

As part of her guilty plea, Clements admitted that on numerous occasions between October 1, 2003 and April 30, 2006, she submitted reimbursement claims that falsely represented that she provided nursing services to seven children and three young adults – all Medicaid recipients – when, in fact, nursing care was either not provided or it was provided by another nurse. Based upon the false claims, Clements stole $70,785 from the Medicaid program.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 14, 2007. As part of Clements’ guilty plea, Judge Morse indicated that he would order her to pay full restitution to the State of the amount stolen, and that he would sentence her to serve every weekend in jail for four months, plus five years’ probation.

“My office remains committed to aggressively prosecuting those individuals who cheat and steal from the Medicaid program – and from taxpayers – for personal gain," said Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. “Those who abuse their professions as caretakers to take advantage of New Yorkers will face justice.”

Special Assistant Attorney General Timothy McFarland of the Medicaid Fraud Control Units Rochester Regional Office is prosecuting this matter and Senior Special Investigator Neil Davis and Auditor Investigator Michael Warfield conducted the investigation.