May 27, 2018
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Maine woman pleads to stealing $4 million from MaineCare

Contributed | BDN
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Dawn Solomon
The Associated Press

PARIS, Maine — A 42-year-old Harrison woman who ran a company that provided services for children with mental disabilities has pleaded guilty to allegations she overcharged the state of Maine’s MaineCare program $4 million.

The attorney general’s Healthcare Crimes Unit says Dawn Cummings Solomon admitted to charges she over-billed the state for hours and expenses through her Living Independence Network.

Healthcare Crimes Director Michael Miller tells the Sun Journal of Lewiston the fraud began in 2006.

Miller says the state intends to bring charges against “more than seven” additional people.

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“What she was doing was inflating the actual hours of service that were provided” through LINC, which provided services for children with mental retardation, autism and other disabilities, according to Michael Miller, director of the Attorney General’s Healthcare Crimes Unit.

Solomon was president, shareholder and treasurer of the company, Miller said. According to Miller, Solomon committed billing fraud worth $80,000 a month in 2006. In 2007, she was up to $107,000 a month; in 2008, it was $134,000, Miller said.

Miller said that through billing fraud alone, Solomon bilked the state out of more than $4 million. She said Solomon also submitted false costs and mileage on expense reports from caretakers.

She said the cost report fraud also totaled “in the millions of dollars,” including “entities that were created solely for the purpose of fabricating invoices” to MaineCare, Miller said.

The Sun Journal reports that Solomon owned several other companies, including Opal Consulting LLC, which trained in alternative healing; New Horizon Capital Investment, a real estate holding company; and Infinite Horizons Inc., a case management services company.

Miller said the employees of all three companies were on the LINC payroll, their wages subsidized by MaineCare.

She said Solomon’s father-in-law was also on the LINC payroll. “He received a salary of $105,000 between 2006 and 2009, even though he provided no services and was actually out of the country.”

On Friday Solomon pleaded guilty to theft by deception. A plea deal calls for 40 to 60 months in jail, plus restitution.

Sentencing is set for February.

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