Old Town woman pleads guilty to methadone clinic mileage scam

Posted Sept. 13, 2011, at 6:08 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 26, 2011, at 12:45 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — An Old Town woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegally receiving more than $10,000 in reimbursements for mileage to and from a Bangor methadone clinic.

Kurstin L. Kill, 29, admitted at the Penobscot Judicial Center that she overbilled the state under the MaineCare program for mileage over a three-year period before moving to Old Town.

She was indicted in May by the Penobscot County grand jury for theft by unauthorized taking.

Under a plea agreement with the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office, Kill’s sentencing was deferred until Sept. 14, 2012, to give her time to pay $5,000 toward restitution.

If she were able to do that, Kill would be sentenced to four years in prison with all but six months suspended, which she could serve at the Penobscot County Jail. If she were unable to pay that amount, Kill would have to serve a year in prison.

The total amount of restitution Kill owes is $10,908.

Information about the amount reimbursed per mile was unavailable late Tuesday.

“She was living with her mom in Millinocket sometimes and with a male friend in Greenbush at other times,” Kill’s attorney, Matthew Erickson of Brewer, said after she entered her guilty plea. “She submitted the mileage from Millinocket.”

Kill faced up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 on the Class B theft charge.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story contained an error. Kurstin L. Kill is 29, not 20.

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