Bryan Cohen Jul. 11, 2013, 5:30pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) - Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit announced diversion agreements Wednesday with two Bellevue women who allegedly falsified timesheets as paid caregivers under the Medicaid program.

Galina Yablonskaya and Nelya Simora, each in separate incidents, allegedly recorded in-home care hours for work that was never performed. The allegedly falsified timesheets resulted in the payment of approximately $4,000 in Medicaid funds to which they were not entitled.

Yablonskaya allegedly received $2,007.90 and Simora allegedly received $2,014.30.

Yablonskaya and Simora were each charged with two counts of Medicaid false statement and one count of second degree theft. Both defendants agreed to full restitution and 40 hours of community service. If Yablonskaya and Simora comply with the terms of the agreements during the next two years, the charges will be dropped.

Ferguson's office learned of the case after a referral from the Department of Social and Health Services Office of Program Integrity, which is a division of the Economic Services Administration.

Ferguson's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit looks into and prosecutes fraud by healthcare providers. The unit also monitors complaints of resident neglect or abuse in Medicaid-funded nursing homes, boarding homes and adult family homes to provide assistance to local law enforcement in prosecuting crimes committed against vulnerable adults.

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