Missouri Attorney General’s Office.
Cheryl Kelly, 52, was charged
with one count of financial exploitation of an elderly person and two
counts of Medicaid fraud. The incidents happened while Kelly worked as
an in-home personal care attendant in 2013.
Kelly of abusing her position by depositing the victim’s money from his
veteran benefits and Social Security into an account she created under
her name and the victim’s name.
She promised the victim she would use the money to take care of his
finances but instead used the money to gamble and pay her mortgage and
car insurance, the attorney general’s office said.
Kelly also allegedly pretended to be the victim’s relative — his
niece or sometimes his daughter — to hospital staff, social workers and
the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Prosecutors said the misuse of the victim’s money caused him to incur “numerous” overdraft fees and get evicted from his home.
Kelly was also accused of falsifying medical records of the victim as well as another Medicaid recipient.
The attorney general’s office
also said Kelly had “falsely represented to Medicaid” that she was
providing the victims with in-home health services, including bathing,
dressing, grooming and help with administering medication.
The attorney general’s office Fraud Control Unit
led an investigation into Kelly’s conduct with help from the Missouri
Medicaid Audit and Compliance Unit, the Missouri Department of Health
and Senior Services and the United States Department of Veterans
A jury found Kelly guilty of the charges in June.
On Tuesday, Kelly was sentenced
to five years of probation and ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution and
$10,000 in civil penalties, the attorney general’s office said.
“The abuse of elderly Missourians
will not be tolerated,” Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said in a
statement. “And those who abuse our elderly residents, veteran
residents, and the Medicaid program will be prosecuted to the fullest
extent of the law.”
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KC woman posed as relative, exploited elderly veteran. But now she’s paying the price