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Jury convicts former teacher of $2.5M in Medicaid fraud

May 16, 2019

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts teacher has been convicted of stealing $2.5 million from the state’s Medicaid program.

Attorney General Maura Healey announced Wednesday that Hellen Kiago, of Sturbridge, fraudulently billed MassHealth through a home health agency she owned, Lifestream Healthcare Alliance.

Prosecutors say the 48-year-old Kiago billed Medicaid for unauthorized services and had employees assist patients for longer than necessary and falsify documents to hide wrongdoing.

Kiago was indicted in 2017. Prosecutors said at her arraignment that within weeks of authorities searching her offices, she transferred $1.5 million to Kenya, where her child’s father lived.

She also married one of her employees and received a green card.

Kiago taught in Worcester for 13 years.

A jury convicted her on charges of larceny and filing false Medicaid claims. Sentencing is May 24.