Sacramento County Task Force Charged 60 People With Alleged IHSS Fraud
A task force created to combat fraud in Sacramento County's In-Home Supportive Services program recently announced that it has filed criminal charges against 60 defendants for about $780,000 in IHSS fraud during the past year, the Sacramento Bee reports.
The In-Home Supportive Services Fraud Task Force presented the data as part of its first annual report to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. The supervisors established the task force last year.
In its report, the task force noted that 40 people have faced sentences for fraud-related crimes. In addition, courts have ordered the restitution of more than $500,000 in fraudulently obtained funds, the group said.
Evaluating Extent of Fraud
According to Supervisor Roger Dickinson, the amount of fraud uncovered by the task force is minute, comparedÂ with the program's overall size.
Dickinson noted that the 60 defendants facing criminal charges represent less than half of one percent of all IHSS care providers (Lewis, Sacramento Bee, 9/21).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.