Two Rochester Area Social Service Workers Charged With Medicaid Fraud

Attorney General Spitzer today announced the guilty pleas of two Rochester area social service workers on felony larceny charges. One defendant was convicted for fraudulently causing Medicaid to pay for services that were not provided and the other for stealing from client accounts funded by Medicaid dollars.

Milady Montero, 55, of Macedon, formerly employed at the ARC of Monroe County, and Sheree Hudnell, 39, of Rochester, formerly employed at the Hillside Children’s Center, pleaded guilty in Monroe County Court before Judge Steven Lindley. Hudnell pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, while Montero pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and to Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree.

As part of her guilty plea, Montero admitted that while working at the ARC of Monroe County as a Service Coordinator for developmentally disabled persons, she intentionally falsified numerous monthly service coordination reports, documenting visits and services to ARC clients that she did not provide. Based on Montero’s false reports, the ARC of Monroe County billed the Medicaid system for $24,877, for services Montero never performed. As part of her sentence, Montero will be required to pay restitution to the ARC of Monroe County, in the amount of $14,134, for her ill gotten wages and travel expenses for work she did not do. She also faces six months in jail, along with five years of probation. She will be sentenced on July 25, 2006.

Hudnell admitted that while working at the Hillside Children’s Center as an Information Integrator, she stole from eight client emergency service accounts, funded by Medicaid, to pay her personal bills, for a total amount of $7,698. As part of her sentence, Hudnell will be required to pay restitution to the Hillside Children’s Center. She will also be sentenced to a five-year term of probation. Hudnell will be sentenced on July 25. 2006.

"My office remains committed to aggressively prosecuting those individuals who cheat the system for personal gain," said Attorney General Spitzer.

Attorney General Spitzer thanked the administration and staff of the ARC of Monroe County, and the Hillside Children’s Center for their cooperation and assistance in the investigation.

Special Assistant Attorney General Timothy McFarland, of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s Rochester Regional Office, is prosecuting both cases. Assisting in the investigations are Special Investigators Neil Davis and Arthur Vasile, and Auditor Investigators Thomas Clarke and Jennifer Harrison.

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