A billing agent contracting with the former 32-bed Montrose (Pa.) General Hospital pleaded guilty late last week in Erie County (N.Y.) Superior Court to stealing $425,490 from New York's Medicaid program by billing for services never provided, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced. Therese Kusmierz, also known as Therese Milkowski, 52, of Lancaster, N.Y., also pleaded guilty to failing to report the money on state income tax returns. Kusmierz, who agreed to pay back $505,000, faces up to 15 years in prison at her Aug. 22 sentencing hearing.
"This case underscores my office's commitment to scrupulously monitor and vigorously prosecute those individuals who bilk the state's Medicaid program for personal financial gain," Spitzer said.
Montrose General contracted with Kusmierz's billing company, Accounts Receivable Management Services, in 1997 to close out its accounts receivable when the hospital was sold. She was indicted in December 2002 and charged with nine counts of grand larceny and filing false income taxes. -- by Mark Taylor