Rochester Nurse Submits Phony Timesheets In $43,000 Home Health Care Fraud

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that a licensed practical nurse assigned to care for a 10-year-old Rochester boy suffering from kidney failure has admitted to inflating the hours of home care service she actually provided to him.

Appearing today in Monroe County Court before Judge Charles T. Maloy, Mary Trotter, who worked for Community Care of Rochester (CCR), a home health agency, pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree. Sentencing was set for April 25th , at which time Trotter faces up to four years in prison.

Spitzer thanked CCR for referring the matter to his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU). He noted that CCR has repaid the Medicaid Program the $43,397 it had received from claims based on Trotter's time cards, and that Trotter has signed a confession of judgment to CCR for $33,000, the amount she was paid as a result of her phony submissions.

"The defendant, while supposedly providing overnight nursing care to a very sick young child, was also actually working the nightshift at a local nursing home," said Spitzer. "This investigation and prosecution by my MFCU drives home our message: If you are stealing from State taxpayers, we will find you and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law."

Spitzer noted that his office has referred the case to the State Education Department's Office of the Professions for a review of Trotter's nursing license.

Trotter was assigned by CCR to care for the 10-year-old who needed to be tube fed. In accordance with the care plan, Trotter was supposed to provide nursing care from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. six days a week. Between May 1998 and April 2000, Trotter submitted timecards to CCR for hours she did not work. In turn, CCR submitted reimbursement claims to the Medicaid program that overstated the extent of home health nursing services provided to the recipient.

Mary Trotter, 48, of 1608 East Main Street in Rochester, has been a licensed practical nurse since 1983. She was employed by Community Care of Rochester, located at 1609 East Main Street, from December 15, 1993, to September 25, 2000.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Jerry M. Solomon, Director of the Rochester Regional Office of Attorney General Spitzer's MFCU. All cases are handled under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jos? Maldonado.