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Athens County Woman Pleads Guilty In Medicaid Fraud Scam

An Athens County woman has pleaded guilty to a Medicaid fraud scheme that prosecutors say resulted in 2 million dollars worth of bogus claims. 49-year-old Cheryl McGrath admits to operating a home health care business. Prosecutors say she filed false Medicaid claims for services that weren't rendered, including for people in nursing homes or who were dead. A plea agreement calls for McGrath to pay 2.2 million dollars in restitution to Medicaid and 367 thousand dollars to the IRS for the unpaid taxes.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.