Manager of Youngstown home health company sentenced for fraud

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BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN)  – A Boardman woman who ran a home health company in Youngstown is headed to prison for Medicaid fraud and theft. 

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said the crimes resulted in a loss of more than $63,000 to the Ohio Department of Medicaid.

Carla Clark, 54, was sentenced Thursday morning to six months in prison and three years of probation in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. As part of her sentence, she also repaid the Department of Medicaid. 

A jury found her guilty of the two felony charges.

Clark was the operations manager of Caregivers Home Health from 2014 through most of 2017. According to Yost’s office, she billed Medicaid for services that nurses failed to provide a patient.

It was a tip from the patient’s daughter that sparked the investigation. 

“This patient was in the most vulnerable condition of her life, requiring around-the-clock care and a machine to help her breathe,” Yost said. “Her treatments were medically necessary, but Carla Clark routinely failed to provide staffing for the patient and billed the Department of Medicaid anyway.”

Yost said the company’s billing records also showed reimbursements provided to the same patient by an unlicensed nurse. 

That nurse, Carla Edmonds, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of theft in December 2017.

Edmonds was sentenced to five years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution of $5,000 to Medicaid. 

The Ohio Department of Medicaid suspected Caregivers Home Health’s license in November of 2017 following Clark’s indictment. 

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