Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Jul 31 2007

OLYMPIA—The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today filed 14 felony counts against a Thurston County woman accused of falsely billing for services.

Sandra Gillihan was charged today with 1 count of theft in the first degree, 10 counts of money laundering, and 3 counts of Medicaid False Statement. Due to the amount alleged to have been stolen, an aggravating factor was alleged in conjunction with the theft charge.

Over approximately 17 months, it is alleged that Gillihan billed for services that she did not provide to 8 children with disabilities. She also schemed with the mother of 4 of the children to increase the number of authorized hours of services, bill for services never provided, and split the money she received for the false billings. She received $43,893.86 as a result of the false billings she submitted.

Gillihan is scheduled to be arraigned on August 14, 2007.

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