WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A West Haven woman was arrested today for cashing paychecks issued in her father’s name after she fraudulently billed the government Medicaid program to pay him for work that was never done.
Michaela Shibilski, of West Haven, was charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree By Defrauding A Public Community, Insurance Fraud and Forgery in the Second Degree.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, she is accused of defrauding the Personal Care Assistance program, a federal and state funded program that provides funds to allow disabled adults to hire assistants to provide daily care, thus enabling the individual to remain at home instead of being placed in a health care facility.
Between May 2013 and January 2014, Ms. Shibilski submitted 15 fraudulent billings in the name of her father, who is a personal care assistant, claiming that the father had done work that was never actually performed, the warrant states. Ms. Shibilski then forged endorsements on the 15 paychecks that were issued as a result of the false billings and collected about $4,500, the warrant states.
The alleged scheme unraveled when the father received his W-2 tax form for 2013 and complained to authorities that he had not been paid as much as was reported on the form, according to the warrant.
Ms. Shibilski was arraigned today at Hartford Superior Court, where her bond was set at $35,000. Her next scheduled court appearance is April 27.
Larceny in the First Degree By Defrauding A Public Community is a class B felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Insurance Fraud and Forgery in the Second Degree are class D felonies punishable by up to 5 years in prison on each count.