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3 from Allegheny County charged with Medicaid fraud

| Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, 4:33 p.m.

Three Allegheny County residents are accused of taking thousands of dollars for acting as personal care assistants for their loved ones but billing Medicaid for services they did not perform, the state Attorney General's Office said Monday.

Danielle Glover, 37, of Sheraden; Richard Palmer, 32, of Hazelwood; and Kena Powe, 35, of McKees Rocks are charged with one count of Medicaid fraud and theft by deception. Powe also is charged with forgery.

Authorities said Glover worked as a personal care assistant for her grandmother until August 2013, but she submitted time sheets until November 2013 and was paid $4,000 for services she did not perform.

Palmer, authorities said, worked as a personal care assistant for his mother. He submitted time sheets totaling $2,300 showing that he cared for her between May and June 2013 while she was hospitalized and then at an inpatient rehabilitation facility.

Powe was a personal care assistant for her father. Investigators said she submitted time sheets totaling $4,000 for services from May to July 2013, even though her father had hired a personal care assistant in May 2013.

Deputy Attorney General Edward Song will prosecute the cases.

The three arrests in Allegheny County were among six the Attorney General's Office announced Monday. Of the three others, two were in Philadelphia. One was in Montgomery County.

All of the arrests were the result of investigations by the attorney general's Medicaid Fraud Control Section.

Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or abrandolph@tribweb.com.

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