Wednesday, July 26, 2017
DAYTON, Ohio – Mollie Parsons, 47, of Middletown, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 36 months in prison for healthcare fraud related to the death of a severely physically disabled minor.
She was previously sentenced by the state to serve 10 years in prison for her role in the death of her minor patient, and her federal sentence will be served consecutive to her state one. She is also banned from working for any governmental entity in the healthcare field for life.
Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Lamont Pugh, Special Agent in Charge, Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice.
According to the Statement of Facts in this case, Parsons was employed as a home healthcare nurse for a minor with severe physical impairments from at least 2009 until March 2011. Parsons was paid through Medicaid to provide daily nursing services, including but not limited to, wound care, personal hygiene maintenance and feeding assistance. The child under her care was unable to communicate, completely paralyzed and dependent upon feeding tubes.
Rather than working her eight-hour shift and providing the nursing services, Parsons was frequently absent from the home for extended periods of time. To conceal her neglect, the defendant submitted false claims to Medicaid to receive fraudulent payments for private duty nurse services.
Parsons pleaded guilty in the federal case in January 2016 to two counts of healthcare fraud.
“Parsons’ actions directly undermined the purpose for which Medicaid compensated her – providing medical care to a severely disabled child – as she deprived a child with cerebral palsy of the most basic medical care and comfort,” U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “The state prosecution served as the primary mechanism to address and punish the child victim’s death, but could not address the fraud against Medicaid. This federal prosecution therefore provides accountability for her fraudulent conduct as it relates to Medicaid.”
U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation by HHS-OIG, as well as Assistant United States Attorney Brent G. Tabacchi and Deputy Criminal Chief Laura I. Clemmens, who are representing the United States in this case.