- Associated Press - Monday, November 30, 2020

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts woman has been sentenced to a year of home confinement and ordered to pay more than $100,000 in restitution for defrauding several public benefits programs by lying about her earnings, authorities said Monday.

Nicole Kasimatis, 46, of Quincy, was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to 15 charges, according to a statement from State Auditor Suzanne Bump and Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey.

She underreported her income as a licensed social worker with falsified pay stubs and other documentation to fraudulently collect benefits from the Department of Transitional Assistance, the state’s Medicaid program, Social Security, and the Department of Early Education and Care between August 2006 and April 2018, authorities said.

“The scheme operated by Kasimatis was designed to defraud the taxpayers of the Commonwealth, causing both financial damage and undermining public trust in these important programs,” Bump said.

Kasimatis was sentenced to the 36 days she has already spent in jail, and five years of probation, with the first year under home confinement, 200 hours of community service, and ordered to pay $103,000 in restitution.

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