Attorney General Doug Chin Announces Mother and Daughter Sentenced For Defrauding State Medicaid Program
released on March 10, 2016
found in newsletter: March 2016
Attorney General Doug Chin announced that Susan Escobar (Escobar) and her daughter, Yolanda Cristina Escobar Hiro (Hiro), pled guilty yesterday to Theft in the Second Degree for committing Medicaid fraud. The defendants were sentenced by Judge Glenn Hara in the Third Circuit Court.
Escobar, the former office manager of Mastercare, a home health care services company that was contracted by the State to provide home care services to Medicaid recipients in their home, created false progress notes and time sheets. The notes and time sheets were for work that was never actually performed by Hiro. The fraudulently billed services were for Escobar’s former mother-in-law, a Medicaid recipient, living with Escobar. The investigation, conducted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Department of the Attorney General with assistance from the Hawaii Police Department, revealed that it was impossible for Hiro to provide any services in Hilo since she resided, operated a child care business, and held a part-time job at a hotel in Kona.
Original Press Release