Nurse, woman plead guilty to Medicaid fraud

January 13, 1998|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

A nurse and a Baltimore woman have pleaded guilty to fraud charges for wrongfully seeking $1,316 in Medicaid benefits for the woman's disabled daughter, the state attorney general announced.

Wayne R. Jiggetts Sr., 41, a licensed practical nurse and Baltimore resident, was assigned to care for a Medicaid-eligible girl at the child's home during the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift from Jan. 1, 1997, to Oct. 26, 1997, according to court documents.

Jiggetts did not provide nursing care for the child Friday nights in September and October, but claimed the $188 each week for those shifts on vouchers to his employer, Maxim HealthCare Services Inc., the attorney general's office reported.

In exchange for part of the money, the child's mother, Rose Marie Greene, 34, of Baltimore signed the vouchers, falsely certifying that Jiggetts had cared for her daughter, identified in court documents as "Asia S," according to the attorney general's office. They received more than $750 before the scheme was discovered, according to court records.

Greene's daughter was part of the Model Waiver Program, which provides services to 200 disabled Maryland children who receive medical care at home.

Instead of providing nursing care, the attorney general's office said that Jiggetts spent those Friday nights drinking with friends. The state learned about the scheme after Jiggetts and Greene had a fight over the money, and Jiggetts reported the scheme to his employer, according to the attorney general's office.

Jiggetts was sentenced to 90 days in jail and ordered to repay the Medicaid money. Greene was sentenced to perform 250 hours of community service.

Pub Date: 1/13/98

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