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May 13, 2013 6:03 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Two Women Indicted on Medicaid Fraud, Identity Theft Charges

CORPUS CHRISTI - A federal indictment accuses two women of carrying out an elaborate scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from Medicaid. They appeared in federal court this afternoon.

Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old Sylvia Salinas Ramirez of Driscoll, and 41-year-old Robstown resident Debra Jean Velasquez carried out the scheme from August 2009 to June 2010.

The two women are former of employees of a home health care provider called Caring Touch. The company is not accused of any wrongdoing in this case.

According to the indictment, the women billed Medicaid for services that never actually happened.

They did this by creating fake time sheets for other, innocent employees.

Then, when the money came in, they forged the signature of whoever was supposed to get the check, and cashed it.

They scammed the State out of $155,127.

They are both charged with six counts of fraud, and face of a minimum of 10 years in prison for each count.

They could each also pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

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