A metro Atlanta woman is accused of setting up her grandmother as a paid caretaker for her son, only to steal the 86-year-old woman’s Medicaid-funded paychecks.
Prosecutors said Quanicia Wilson’s grandmother, Beatrice MacIntyre, a retired nurse, never knew she was on the job for the 16 months that Wilson obtained funds from the Georgia Medicaid program, from July 2014 to November 2015. She reportedly never saw a paycheck from Wilson, either.
Wilson, 43, is accused of taking $20,723.45 in payments after submitting time sheets for MacIntyre to Acumen, a fiscal intermediary of Medicaid, according to a spokesman for Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr.
She was indicted in Gwinnett County Nov. 7 on multiple charges, including racketeering, Medicaid fraud, forgery and exploiting an elder person, Carr’s office announced Monday. Her 31-count indictment includes 22 counts of theft.
“In this case, unfortunately, we dealt with not only a complete disregard for the integrity of the Georgia Medicaid program, but someone’s willingness to exploit an elder relative for their own financial gain,” Carr said in a statement. “That’s simply unacceptable, and I’m proud of our Medicaid Fraud Control Division for their work on this case.”
During the same time period, Wilson is also accused of accessing MacIntyre’s bank accounts, where her Social Security checks and her pension were direct deposited. She allegedly used these accounts as her own, prosecutors said, sometimes transferring money into her own checking accounts.
Prosecutors said Wilson ended up with $37,000 that rightfully belonged to her grandmother.
Wilson is being held in the Gwinnett County jail.