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Complaint Leads To Mail Fraud Charges Against Galesburg Woman

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A Galesburg Woman could be facing prison time for allegedly defrauding the state Home Services program.

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, 15 Illinois individuals have been charged with similar crimes.

The Home Services program is a state Medicaid Waiver program that allows states to pay for medical services with both state and federal funds.

Each of the individuals charged is said to have committed the alleged crime themselves or assisted another individual.

55-year-old Gayle Schultz of Galesburg is facing mail fraud charges for allegedly submitting a time sheet indicated she was working while she was working at another job.

Schultz was a personal assistant through the program when the incidents allegedly took place last year.

The charges stem from investigations conducted by members of the Central Illinois Health Care Fraud Task Force.

Illinois State Police, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the FBI, the IRS, and the Illinois Attorney General’s office make up the group.

If convicted, Schultz faces 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250-thousand.