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July 10, 2008
AG’s office charges Bremerton woman for claiming she was caring for dead mother

OLYMPIA – The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) charged a Bremerton woman Wednesday with nine counts of Medicaid fraud for billing the government for care she claimed to have provided to her mother long after her mother had died.

Dominique S. Lowe was traveling in Michigan and Virginia on dates she says she was providing Medicaid Personal Care Services for her mother, who had died months earlier.

Assistant Attorney General Aileen Miller on Wednesday filed nine felony charges against Ms. Lowe, one count of Theft in the First Degree and eight counts of Medicaid False Statement for claiming that she had provided in-home care for her mother between June 30, 2006 and February 27, 2007. Her mother, Medicaid recipient Denine Cook, died May 24, 2006.

As a result of fraudulent claims made to DSHS, Lowe was paid nearly $4,600 to which she was not entitled. Arraignment is scheduled for July 23, 2008 in Thurston County court. MFCU investigator Terry Tate conducted the investigation.

The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of healthcare provider fraud committed against the state’s Medicaid program.  In addition, the unit coordinates the investigation and prosecution of abuse and neglect involving vulnerable adults residing in Medicaid funded residential facilities with local law enforcement authorities through a statewide contact network.

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Contacts:

Janelle Guthrie, AGO Communications Director, (360) 586-0725

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