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Tewksbury Woman Indicted on Medicaid Fraud Charges

September 17, 2018

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WOBURN -- A Tewksbury woman was indicted and arraigned in connection with a scheme to defraud the state’s Medicaid Program of more than $10,000.

According to the office of Attorney General Maura Healey, Dawna DeMarco, 33, of Tewksbury, who was a caregiver for her aunt, allegedly submitted false timesheets for months after her aunt’s hospitalization and death.

DeMarco is charged with one count each of Medicaid false claims and larceny over $250.

According to Healey’s office, DeMarco was hired through MassHealth to be a personal care attendant, or PCA, for her aunt. DeMarco allegedly submitted false timesheets from September and October 2016, claiming she provided PCA services on dates her aunt was in the hospital. Under MassHealth regulations, PCA services cannot be rendered when the eligible member is in an inpatient hospital facility.

DeMarco allegedly continued submitting timesheets for her services for her aunt through April 2017, months after her aunt had died. MassHealth paid more than $10,000 to DeMarco through a fiscal intermediary, Northeast Arc, as a result of the allegedly false timesheets.

DeMarco was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court last week and pleaded not guilty to the charges. She was released on personal recognizance and ordered not to work as a home health aide or PCA.

DeMarco is due back in court Oct. 4 for a status hearing.

Northeast Arc also assisted with the investigation.

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