Dallas Woman Pleads Guilty to Faking Being a Nurse at Eight Dallas Hospices
Jada Antoine has quite the resume for a hospice nurse. From January 2009 to April 2012, she cared for more than 100 patients while employed by eight Dallas hospice companies.
The thing is, Antoine isn't a nurse. She isn't licensed as any kind of healthcare provider. Antoine didn't let that stop her. She found a woman who was a nurse and took her driver's license and Social Security card was employed by the hospices as a registered nurse.
Soon though, Antoine would learn the lesson so many student-loan borrowers before her have learned -- you don't fuck with the feds when it comes to money. You see, the hospitals she worked for billed Medicare and Medicaid $2.3 million for treatment provided -- inasmuch as any non-nurse can provide treatment that should come from a nurse -- by Antoine's services.
A federal warrant was issued for Antoine in May, and she was later arrested in Georgia. Tuesday, she pleaded guilty to a single count of "fraud in connection with means of identification" and now faces up to 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and having to pay back all of that already disbursed Medicare and Medicaid money.
Antoine is currently being held in federal prison, pending her sentencing, scheduled for March 2015.