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Three arrested for making false claims to Medicaid

December 8, 2016

As published by the Poughkeepsie Journal on December 7, 2016.

On Wednesday, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the arrest of three individuals for allegedly submitting more than $50,000 of false home health care claims to Medicaid, according to a press release.

The arrests were the result of two separate investigations.

Tina Gabel, 58, and Sean Gabel, 23, of Poughkeepsie, were arraigned Wednesday in Dutchess County Court on the felony charges of second-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and first-degree falsifying business records.

Enny Portillo, 58, of Highland Mills, was arraigned Nov. 1 in the Town of Woodbury Justice Court on the same felony charges.

It is alleged that the Gabels submitted false timesheets to AccentCare of New York, Inc., a fiscal intermediary for the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, which allows disabled individuals or their representatives to assume full responsibility for their home care. According to the release, Sean Gabel claimed he provided services to two people in Dutchess County while out of the county.

Additionally, Tina Gabel is charged with conspiring with an aide to submit false timesheets to Taconic Innovations, Inc., saying the aide had provided habilitation services to one of Gabel’s relatives.

Based on the false timesheets, Medicaid allegedly paid AccentCare more than $50,000 in the first case and allegedly paid Taconic more than $50,000 in the second one.

Portillo allegedly verified false timesheets submitted to Priority House Care Services, Inc., a fiscal intermediary to CDPAP. She claimed her daughter provided CDPAP services to a Medicaid recipient while the recipient was out of the country, according to the release.

Based on the false timesheets, Medicaid allegedly paid Priority more than $50,000.

All three defendants were released on their own recognizance.