The State of Minnesota has been aware for more than 6 years that child welfare service providers were fraudulently billing Medicaid and forcing children to live in deplorable conditions just to make extra money.
Former U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, the woman who was "supposed" to be the champion of "unforttunate kids" was well aware of Medicaid fraud..
But what is ever more egregious is the fact that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with the U.S. Department of Justice, has done absolutely nothing to stop the practice of Medicaid fraud in child welfare.
You have a task force to go after Medicare and Medicaid fruad in dealing with adults, but nothing on Medicaid fraud in child welfare.
While the States and these aforementioned federal agencies do nothing, children are being raped, drugged and tortured, while it is all being billed to Medicaid.
By the way, for the amounts of fraud in question, it is considered a civiil violation, not criminal. That is why no one is stopping Medicaid fraud in child welfare.
To the investigative team of KARE news, I give standing ovations for doing what the States refuse to do. Thank you and I hope you help these victims find legal representation and sue the shit out the State of Minnesota.
Minnesota woman who kept adoptive special needs children in filthy home charged for defrauding taxpayersA Minnesota woman who kept eight special needs children in a home filled with feces, filth, urine and mold — all while billing taxpayers for her supposed childcare and somehow evading child protection officials — was charged with criminal fraud Monday, the state's Attorney General announced.
Erin Davies, 34, allegedly stole more than $26,000 from taxpayers while forcing the adoptive children to live in filth at her Richfield home, KAREreported. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Her mother Betsy Davies, who ran the alleged fraud with her, died in January, shortly before the station uncovered the squalid scheme. She never faced any charges.
KARE revealed in April showed that the Davies home had mold-covered bathrooms, rooms filled with garbage and mattresses stained with urine and feces.
“These children were living in just abject squalor condition,” Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson said at the time.
Through the state’s Personal Care Assistance program, under which Davies and her mom were taxpayer-funded assistants for the special needs children, they allegedly filed claims for hours of services they never bothered providing. During some of time Davies claimed she was caring for children, she was actually drinking at bars or concerts with friends or visiting Las Vegas, records show.
Meanwhile, nurses who are required to visit the house twice a year under the PAC program never noticed the nastiness. One wrote in a report the children were “living in a neat and clean home.”
Andrew Davies, the eldest of the children raised in the home, told KARE his careless caretakers would clean up the house just enough to pass inspection, then hide the children away when the nurses came over.
Even when complaints about the conditions came in years ago from family friends, child protection services never followed up, determining that “child protective services are not needed,” KARE reported. It’s unclear if inspectors ever visited the home more often than required by law.
After inspectors finally wised up and removed the children from the home in January, they were placed in protective custody and are now in foster care. Local building officials deemed the home “unsafe for human occupancy.”
Long before the alleged scam got busted, a local newspaper profiled Erin and Betsy Davies as benevolent workers who were getting squeezed by budget cuts for PCA caretakers.
The 2011 article in the Twin Cities Daily Planet noted that Betsy had already adopted four special needs children, and at the time was about to adopt two more, even though caring for the children had already made her “tired to the bone.”
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