Former health care provider sentenced to 93 months
Brown also ordered to pay back the entire amount of more than $1.8 million in restitution.
WORTHINGTON — A Bigelow resident who once ran the Caring and Compassionate Healthcare Agency in Worthington was sentenced Thursday on seven counts of aiding and abetting theft by false representation.
Remona Brown, 65, was charged in 2017 after one of her employees reported several instances of Medicaid fraud and initiated a civil lawsuit. Seeing the civil accusations, the Minnesota Attorney General's Office took notice and filed a criminal case.
A jury considered Brown's case at a May trial and found her guilty of 14 counts of aiding and abetting theft by false representation. However, she could only be sentenced for seven of the counts, because there were only seven documented occurrences of fraud. For example, Count 1 specifies that the theft was in an amount over $35,000, and Count 2 specifies that it was theft of public funds, but the counts correspond to a single claim made on a given date. The same is true for each pair of charges.
In addition to serving her time, Brown was also ordered to pay back the entire $1,860,155.57 in restitution to the state.
Brown is also facing criminal charges in Michigan, which allege that she wrote illegitimate opioid prescriptions.