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Holyoke Woman Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – A Holyoke woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding the state for personal care services that she never administered.

Prosecutors say 25-year-old Miosottis Gonzalez of Holyoke took part in a scheme where she recruited friends to provide documents that were used to bill MassHealth for personal care attendant services that were never provided.

MassHealth funds the state’s personal care attendant program and helps people with disabilities keep their independence by allowing them to stay in the community and manage their own personal care.

The U.S. Attorney’s office adds that Gonzalez also signed and submitted false time sheets in her own name to obtain payment for those illegitimate services.

Wednesday, Gonzalez pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Sentencing is set for July 2.

Three other people involved in the case, including Gonzalez’s aunt and uncle, pleaded guilty to similar charges earlier this month.