- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Two employees of a Cranston home care facility have been charged in an alleged Medicaid-fraud scheme.

Fifty-four-year-old Priscilla Pascale was arraigned Tuesday in Providence Superior Court on five counts of Medicaid fraud and five counts of conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud. The owner of St. Jude Home Care was released on $10,000 personal recognizance.

Thirty-seven-year-old Orfa Lemaire, the facility’s clinical services director, is scheduled to be arraigned April 28 on five counts of conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud.

The Attorney General’s office says St. Jude placed unlicensed certified nursing assistants in patients’ homes and fraudulently billed Medicaid for $785,000 between 2010 and 2013.

The office says St. Jude’s Medicare certification was revoked July 15 and its Medicaid certification was revoked July 20.

It’s unclear whether Pascale and Lemaire have lawyers.

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