Meriden woman stole thousands of dollars from Medicaid, state officials say

A 43-year-old Meriden woman was arrested and charged with health insurance fraud and first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars from Medicaid, state officials said Tuesday. The woman's cousin was also implicated in the alleged fraud.

A 43-year-old Meriden woman was arrested and charged with health insurance fraud and first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars from Medicaid, state officials said Tuesday. The woman's cousin was also implicated in the alleged fraud.

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MERIDEN — A local woman has become the second Connecticut personal care assistant in six days to be charged with stealing thousands of dollars from Medicaid. 

Kenisha T. Swain, 43, of Meriden, followed her cousin, Deborah V. Swain, 52, of Rocky Hill, in being arrested on charges of health insurance fraud and first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community Tuesday, according to state officials.

Officials said the arrests stemmed from the same investigation. Both Kenisha and Deborah Swain allegedly committed fraud in their capacity as personal care assistants employed under the Personal Care Attendant Waiver program, a Medicaid program administered by the Connecticut Department of Social Services that funds daily home care for people with disabilities. Their scheme involved Deborah's mother, according to officials.

Officials said Kenisha Swain stole $9,144.69 from Medicaid from Jan. 11, 2021 to Nov. 13, 2021 by billing for services she did not provide. Specifically, she submitted fraudulent time sheets, officials said.

Deborah Swain, who was arrested and charged Wednesday, stole $3,063.12, officials said.

The alleged fraud was investigated by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Social Services’ Office of Quality Assurance and the Rocky Hill Police Department. Investigators discovered Kenisha Swain billed Medicaid for nearly twice the number of hours she had actually worked, according to officials.
 
Following her arrest, Kenisha Swain was released on $20,000 bond, officials said. She is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Hartford on Dec. 13. 

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