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A Washington Park trustee is among 15 people indicted for Medicaid fraud.
St. Clair County probation officer and Washington Park trustee Darron A. Suggs is among those named. If convicted, he and others charged can receive up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton says the indictments grew out of complaints concerning the Home Services Program.
The program is intended for people under 60 and designed to reduce Medicaid expenditures by cutting down on institutional care.
However, Wigginton says the state of Illinois paid for ghost employees and fictitious services that, with one exception, did not keep anyone out of an institutional setting.