7/14/17 – A therapist from Hartford is facing ten felony counts of medical assistance fraud as part of a nationwide crackdown. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel filed the charges against Sharon Medina in Dane County Circuit Court yesterday. Federal prosecutors have charged more than 400 people in the “National Healthcare Fraud Takedown” for participating in health care fraud and opioid scams totaling $1.3 billion in false billing. Medina, who has a history of financial trouble, including multiple bankruptcies, is alleged to have fabricated dates of service and submitted claims for services not rendered, between 2013 and 2015, when she was a Medicaid service provider. Schimel says public assistance fraud not only steals hard-earned taxpayer dollars, but also takes financial resources intended for our neediest citizens and gives it to criminals while undermining confidence in medical assistance programs.