Caldwell man sentenced for provider fraud

District Judge Gene Petty sentenced 44-year-old John D. Bone on Tuesday for provider fraud after he billed the state for services he didn’t provide.

Bone was sentenced to five years in prison, but the judge suspended that sentence and ordered Bone to complete three years of probation. He must also pay a $1,000 fine, complete 80 hours of community service and serve 10 days in jail.

An investigation conducted by the Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit revealed Bone had billed the state for providing personal care services for his adopted adult son during a period when his son was not living with him.

Bone was his son’s community service worker as part of the Consumer Direct Idaho Care Network. In this role, Bone was allowed to bill the state for assisting his son with such tasks as job searches and relationship building.

The investigation began after Bone reported to Nampa Police that he hadn’t been in contact with his son from October 2014 until August 2015. Investigators later determined that Bone fraudulently claimed he’d provided one-on-one personal services to his son during the period they were estranged.

Bone pleaded guilty to fraud on May 1. As part of the plea agreement, Bone agreed to pay $13,205 in restitution.