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Choosing a Power of Attorney (POA) is one of the most important decisions you can make in a lifetime because that designated person has the power to act on your behalf. Today’s fraud article is about a man from Nebraska who chose his son as POA. (In hindsight, that decision turned out to be a bad one because the son used his father to commit Medicaid fraud.)

 You’ll be interested to know that the son happened to be the former auditor for Nebraska’s Medicaid office. (How convenient is that? Being an insider helped him carry out his scheme.) While working for Nebraska’s Medicaid Audit and Financial Support Division, the son stole nearly $268,000 in pension, Social Security, grant funding and retirement funds from his 85-year-old father who was living in a nursing home. (He also robbed Medicaid of $84,110 in benefits.)

About two years after moving into a nursing home, the father’s account was $118,000 overdue. It wasn’t long before the nursing home resident was approved by the Nebraska Medicaid program to receive benefits. (The son was living the high life while the father was incurring insurmountable debt in a nursing home.)

The son pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud and was sentenced to 16 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. He must also pay restitution of $276,878. A word to the wise: be careful whom you choose to be your POA because you’re giving them carte blanche to do whatever they think is best. (That does not mean they will always do the best thing for you.)

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article, Former Medicaid administrator ordered to pay $277K in fraud case, published by McKnight’s Long-Term Care News on August 20, 2019.

A former auditor for Nebraska’s Medicaid office has been sentenced to 16 months in jail and ordered to pay nearly $277,000 in restitution after he pled guilty to benefit fraud.

Craig Barnett became his father’s power of attorney in February 2010 and used the title to steal nearly $268,000 in pension, Social Security, grant funding and mutual fund dollars from his father.

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Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.