Medicaid Fraud Crackdown In Illinois

Three Peorians are among 15 Illinoisans facing federal charges for allegedly defrauding Illinois' Medicaid Home Services Program.

Thelma Gude, 55, Karen Garske, 50, and Amber Pates, 19, are accused of submitting fraudulent time sheets for work not performed as personal assistants through the program.

Gude and Garske are facing charges of health care fraud, and a possible 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine.

Pates is charged with mail fraud, which could get her 20 years behind bars and a $250,000 fine.

The charges are the result of investigations conducted by the Central Illinois Health Care Fraud Task Force.

"We appreciate the importance of making sure people make honest use of public money," said U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis.

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