NEW BRITAIN - A city resident was charged Wednesday for allegedly defrauded Medicaid for about $21,000 for care he claimed he was giving a Rocky Hill man. His arrest is the second in the case following a police probe that resulted in charges against the man’s wife.
William Colon, 42, of Mason Drive, was charged with one count of first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community, first degree conspiracy to commit larceny in the first degree by defrauding a public community and health insurance fraud. He was arrested by inspectors from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.
Colon was employed by the Personal Care Assistance program, which is a federal and state funded Medicaid program that provides funds so disabled adults so they can hire assistants for daily care. The program allows patients to remain in their own homes.
Colon allegedly submitted fraudulent bills claiming he had given in-home care for a disabled relative during periods of time when he was actually employed elsewhere or on vacation outside the United States, a release announcing the arrest said. Colon received about $21,950 for bogus claims between June 2014 and May 2016, a statement on the case revealed.
Colon was released on $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court on Tuesday. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Colon’s wife, Clara Rivera Colon, was arrested last week on the same charges for allegedly defrauding Medicaid of about $33,900 during the same time period. She faces the same amount of potential prison time and is due at the same court on the same day.
Both their cases will be prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The state department of Social Services Office of Quality Assurance and the New Britain police department assisted with the investigation.
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