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Hamburg nurse pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

A Hamburg nurse has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $27,000 from Medicaid, State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's office announced Thursday.

Liane P. Tomlinson, 33, submitted false claims for private-duty nursing services over 17 months, payments for services she never provided six disabled children, the AG's office said.

Tomlinson submitted 105 claims between Jan. 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016, including times she was providing services to another patient in Canada, when she was vacationing in Florida and another nurse was caring for the patient, as well as after she had been fired by a patient's mother, according to the AG's office.

It said she also submitted claims over a five-week period where she was homebound recovering from surgery and receiving private-duty nursing care herself.

Tomlinson pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. She will be sentenced on March 16 and must pay $27,186 to the state Medicaid Fraud Restitution Fund.

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