Waterbury woman charged in scheme to defraud Medicaid

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A Waterbury woman was arrested on Wednesday for billing the government for providing at-home care to patients who were actually in the hospital or at a nursing home. 

According to police, between January 2014 and April 2016, the suspect Nicole Feliciano, 36 of Waterbury, submitted fraudulent billings claiming she had rendered in-home care for a disabled client that was already admitted to a hospital or a nursing home. Feliciano was paid $2,940 in bogus claims. 

Feliciano was employed under the Personal Care Assistance (PCA) program, which is a federal and state funded Medicaid program that provides funds to allow disabled adults to hire assistants for daily care, thus enabling the individual to remain at home instead of being placed in a health care facility.

Police arrested Feliciano for health insurance fraud and larceny and a bond was set at $10,000. Feliciano is set to appear in court in January.

The charges against Feliciano are accusations and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

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