ALBANY – A Gates nurse has been arrested and arraigned on felony charges alleging that she submitted false timesheets to Medicaid, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Wednesday.
In a news release, Schneiderman said Judy Tiefel was a private-duty licensed practical nurse who “provided in-home nursing services to a Medicaid recipient.”
An investigation, conducted by the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, found that Tiefel allegedly sought $7,564.02 in payment for approximately 269 hours over four months in 2014 for services that were either not provided or provided by other people. Tiefel was on maternity leave at the time, an investigator said.
Tiefel was charged in Gates Town Court with third-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree health care fraud, both felonies. The case was sent to a grand jury Tuesday and adjourned until April 13,
“The Medicaid program relies on the honesty and integrity of those who utilize it,” Schneiderman said in the news release. “Any fraud or abuse increases the potential burden on taxpayers (and) will not be tolerated by my office.”