ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Rochester man was sentenced Thursday after he pleaded guilty last month to taking thousands of dollars in wrongly-billed Medicaid money.
Nicholas Rice pleaded guilty on October 5 to one felony count of first-degree falsifying business records.
Rice sent timesheets into Maxim Healthcare, saying he provided home care services to a person with disabilities in Geneva who receives Medicaid assistance. He billed Medicaid for $6,261.80 as a result. The patient required tube feeding and seizure monitoring.
However, investigators with the Attorney General’s Office determined Rice was not present to care of the person he claimed to have cared for. He was actually 40 miles away from Rochester at the times he claimed to have been providing services.
On Friday, Rice was sentenced to 1 1/2 to 3 years in state prison. This was done with consideration to his two prior felony convictions of criminal possession of a weapon 3rd and criminal possession of a controlled substance 4th.