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AG: Baldwin nurse jailed for bilking Medicaid

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A nurse from Baldwin was sentenced Tuesday to serve two years behind bars after admitting to bilking nearly $940,000 from the state Medicaid program, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.

Roxanne McKen, 45, appeared Jan. 7 at the Queens County Supreme Court after pleading guilty to third-degree grand larceny and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Judge Barry Kron sentenced the licensed practical nurse to serve two years in prison and ordered her to repay $939,000.

Prosecutors said McKen admitted to falsely claiming she was caring for a sick Bronx boy while she was really on tropical vacations in Florida and Jamaica. The attorney general’s office also said she filed invoices with Medicaid for weekends she was not scheduled to care for the child who suffers from a birth defect that causes severe pulmonary conditions, seizures and developmental delays.

McKen, authorities said, filed paperwork for her family to become Medicaid-eligible and told state officials she was living below the poverty level, even though she submitted bills the same year to be paid $220,000 for her nursing services.

“The theft of Medicaid funds hurts New Yorker’s poorest patients, including kids who desperately need care, and our taxpayers,” Schneiderman said. “What this defendant did was a crime plain and simple, and she is going to jail to pay for it.”

Prosecutors said the alleged theft occurred over nearly a seven year period from February 2003 to August 2010.