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Non-existent job allegedly nets West Hartford man $9,000 in Medicaid fraud scheme

Published June 12. 2014 5:05PM   Updated June 12. 2014 11:56PM

A West Hartford man has been charged with concocting a scheme that netted him more than $9,000 in wages supposedly paid to a Norwich woman for a non-existent job she knew nothing about, according to the Division of Criminal Justice.

Troy D. Williams, 40, was arrested Thursday by inspectors from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and charged with first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community, second-degree forgery and insurance fraud.

According to a press release from the Division of Criminal Justice, Williams used the name and other identity information of a Norwich woman to pretend to obtain employment by the Personal Care Assistance program. Funded by Medicaid, the program provides funds to allow disabled adults to hire assistants to provide daily care.

On 27 occasions between October 2012 and November 2013, Williams signed and submitted false time cards and was paid $9,678 by claiming the woman had worked as a personal care assistant when, in fact, no such work had been performed. The alleged scheme unraveled when the woman filed a complaint after she was denied state benefits because she supposedly was working as a personal care assistant, according to the investigators.

Williams was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court on June 25. He faces up to 20 years in prison for the larceny charge, and up to five years in prison each for the forgery and insurance charges.

The Medicaid Fraud Unit, which will be prosecuting the case, was assisted in its investigation by Norwich police.

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