Garden City man sentenced for neglect, abuse, Medicaid fraud

newsroom@idahostatesman.comApril 3, 2014 

A man from Garden City who pleaded guilty to abuse, neglect and Medicaid fraud has been sent to a sober-living house.

Paul J. Draine, 43, was sentenced Thursday for neglecting his mother and submitting claims to Medicaid for fraudulent services, according to Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. Fourth District Judge Lynn Norton sentenced Draine to a prison sentence — one year fixed and four years indeterminate. But the court suspended the prison sentence and ordered Draine to enter the Rising Sun Sober Living facility in Boise.

Draine will be on supervised probation for five years and must pay $23,408 in restitution to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Medicaid, Medicare and a private insurance company.

Draine pleaded guilty March 20 to one felony count of abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult and one felony count of provider fraud. By pleading guilty, he admitted that while employed by TLC Home Health Care & Nursing Inc., he neglected his mother's care. She was admitted to a Saint Alphonsus Health System hospital severely dehydrated and malnourished, Wasden said. Hospital medical staff contacted Adult Protection Services because they suspected she was a victim of abuse and/or neglect, Wasden said.

A family member reported the situation to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Attorney General. Adult Protection Services helped the unit with its investigation. Investigators from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Garden City Police found the home — which Draine shared with his elderly parents — filthy with drug paraphernalia, trash and dog feces among piles of clutter, Wasden said.

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