|BENTON, Ill. (AP)--The trustee of a southern Illinois town is among 15 people indicted for Medicaid fraud.
U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton says the indictments announced Thursday grew out of complaints concerning the Home Services Program.
The program is intended for people under 60 and designed to reduce Medicaid expenditures by cutting down on institutional care. However, Wigginton says the state of Illinois paid for ghost employees and fictitious services that, with one exception, didn't keep anyone out of an institutional setting.
St. Clair County probation officer and Washington Park trustee Darron A. Suggs is among those named in 12 separate indictments for health care benefits fraud issued by the federal grand jury sitting in Benton. If convicted, those charged can receive up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.