EAST ST. LOUIS — A home health care assistant has been indicted in the U.S. District Court for Southern Illinois on three counts of felony health care fraud.
According to the indictment, Shomanicka Holly, 36, of East St. Louis, falsified work hours for a program supported by the Illinois Department of Human Resources Home Service Program. She was working at another job during the hours she billed the state, according to prosecutors.
Holly is scheduled for trial at the East St. Louis Federal Courthouse beginning on Oct. 4.
The Home Services Program is a Medicaid program in Illinois that provides personal assistants to Medicaid recipients to assist them with general household activities and personal care. The program is designed to reduce Medicare expenditures by avoiding more expensive nursing home care.
Holly worked as a personal assistant from 2016 to 2019.
“Personal assistants can not charge the Home Services Program for hours worked while they are working another job,” according to a release by the federal court. “Billing for hours not worked constitutes Medicare fraud.”
Several federal agencies investigated the case.
ARCHIVE PHOTOS: Journey back to the Illinois State Fair
Illinois State Fair Happy Hollow
1966: This year 1,122,000 attended the Illinois State Fair that featured more exhibits and more concessions. Crowds hurried through Happy Hollow many en route to ride the Zyklon.
Heinhold Hog Race
1985: Number 3 Pignocchio maintained the leads to win over other porkers. Five pigs break from a starting gate and tear around an oval track for a chocolate sandwich cookie.
Aerial view of Illinois State Fair
1945: This view was practically the same in 1966.
Illinois State Fair Coliseum
1969: A year of preparation leads up to the frantic, last minute grooming at the State Fair Coliseum. Those who have reached their moment of truth are exhibiting in the dairy ring at the right and the beef rings in the background.
1980: The Illinois State Fair winds up in Springfield with stock car racing and a demolition derby. The ferris wheel continues to run.
1985: Premier breeder, Julie Myers with Alonda, one of her goat entries. Julie won premier breeder, premier exhibitor, premier sire and junior champion buck awards in the open competitions. Myers is the daughter of Ralph and Judy Myers of Argenta.
Chester White gilt pig
1985: Maria Miller shows a Chester White gilt at the Illinois State Fair. Miller is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Miller.
Auctioneer Merrill Anderson
1981: Auctioneer Merrill Anderson of Newman solicits bids at the champion steer auction. Governor Jim Thompson passed up the auctioneer job. John Jeffries, 16, of Baylis earned $10,000 for his grand champion barrow.
Sale of champions
1981: Sale of champions draws a bidding crowd.
Shave and a haircut
1984: Craig Hicks, a 16-year-old members of the Sangamon Valley 4-H Club put the clipper to “Patty Sharyl” his Charolais entry in the 1984 Illinois State Fair Junior Show before the fair began. He is the son of Dale and Martha Hicks of Monticello.
Illinois Department of Agriculture
1981: The new headquarters of the Illinois Department of Agriculture and its adjoining parking lots have eliminated most the camping spaces.
Arts and Textile Building
1969: Illinois State Fair Arts and Textile Building.
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