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For Release: August 20, 2010
For media inquiries only, contact: Brian J. Gottstein

Email: bgottstein@oag.state.va.us (best contact method)
Phone: 804-786-5874

Richmond health care provider sentenced
for defrauding Medicaid

He sent untrained caregivers into elderly patients’ homes

RICHMOND (August 20, 2010) – Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced today that a Richmond-area health care provider was sentenced and ordered to pay restitution for defrauding Medicaid by sending untrained employees into elderly patients’ homes to provide personal care services.

Donald C. Burriesci (pron. bur ree see), 64, of Powhatan, appeared today in the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond for a hearing to determine the amount of loss he caused and the restitution due to the commonwealth.  Burriesci owned and operated Alliance for Seniors, a Richmond-based personal care service provider.

“Not only did Burriesci defraud the taxpayers, but he put his elderly clients at risk by using untrained aides who did not know how to provide the care that was needed,” said Cuccinelli. 

In a signed statement of facts, Burriesci acknowledged that from July 1, 2001, through December 16, 2007, he allowed personal care aides (PCAs) to “test out” of the Medicaid-required 40-hour PCA training programs.  Burriesci then placed the untrained PCAs in Medicaid recipients’ homes and billed Medicaid for the “service” provided. 

He was charged with obtaining money by false pretenses.  Pursuant to a plea agreement, Burriesci was sentenced today to 20 years imprisonment with time suspended, was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine, and was ordered to pay restitution of $180,082 to the commonwealth.  He is also excluded from being a provider for any state or federal health care programs in the future.

“We appreciate the great work of Assistant Attorney General Eric Atkinson and Senior Assistant Attorney General David Tooker, both from our Health Care Fraud and Elder Abuse Section, as well as the Richmond Commonwealth Attorney’s Office,” Cuccinelli said.

Case:  Commonwealth v. Donald C. Burriesci.

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