TWIN FALLS • A deputy coroner has been accused of stealing more than $100,000 from Medicaid and lying about transporting patients for medical care.

Shaiyenne Anton, 39, was arraigned Wednesday in Twin Falls County District Court on charges of fraudulently presenting a false claim for public assistance, grand theft, two counts of forgery, computer crime and obstructing an investigation.

Anton billed for nearly $106,000 in mileage reimbursement over the course of a decade, as she lied about taking Medicaid patients to and from medical appointments, say investigators from the state Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

She began working with Medicaid on June 1, 2000, as an individual non-emergency transportation provider, says a court affidavit.

She was terminated from the Medicaid program on March 5, 2012.

The federal health program for the poor reimburses providers for non-emergency transportation of patients to and from appointments covered by Medicaid.

The criminal complaint against Anton says she made fraudulent claims that she provided services for 20 Medicaid patients.

Investigators compared data showing all claims Anton billed to Medicaid from Jan. 1, 2000, through June 21, 2011, and data from Idaho Medicaid showing all services billed from each of Anton's clients during that time.

Checking the times Anton claimed to transport clients with the times they actually needed transportation, paralegal Sandra Seevers of the state Attorney General's Office determined that the two did not match.

But Anton was paid nearly $106,000 for services she billed from Jan. 5, 2000, through June 21, 2011, Seevers found.

In the affidavit, Seevers writes that she left out Anton’s claims if they were within two days before or after a patient was transported, in case Anton simply erred in entering the date.

Investigators also got Anton's time sheets from her job as a senior deputy coroner.

"The data comparison revealed Anton working at her job at the Twin Falls County Coroner's Office on many of the days she also billed Medicaid for transportation services, occasionally for 400-mile round-trip transportation," Seevers wrote in her affidavit.

Another affidavit, written by investigator Michael Steen, said Anton was the largest transportation biller for her provider specialty in 2009, so an investigation began in March 2012 into her claims between 2007 and 2010.

The initial probe revealed excessive miles billed, billing for three months after a client was reported to have moved out of state, billings that a client confirmed to be false and billings without corresponding medical services.

Four times in the fall and winter of 2011-12, a Medicaid analyst sent Anton written requests for records to support the services she said she provided in 2009, Steen’s affidavit says. On Jan. 26, 2012, Anton sent the analyst a hand-written wrote with two typed pages. The note said the two pages included all Anton "found as of today." Anton asked for a few more days to find more documentation, but she never followed up, Steen wrote.

Steen wrote that he reviewed the two pages, and they contained some dates and miles, but not all of Anton's 2009 billing.

Seevers reviewed the information Anton provided and compared it with Medicaid data. Her comparison showed no Medicaid-covered services were provided on the dates Anton gave.

Thursday, Anton was still employed as the senior deputy coroner, said County Coroner Dennis Chambers.

She is set for a preliminary hearing Aug. 12, when prosecutors will try to show they have enough evidence to take Anton to trial.

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Medicaid Payments to Anton According to Investigators:

Date Paid                                    Net Paid
 
Aug. 14, 2000, to June 30, 2001: $1,208.90
July 1, 2001, to June 30, 2002:     $   552.15
July 1, 2002, to June 30, 2003:     $2,301.53
July 1, 2003, to June 30, 2004:     $5,115.04
July 1, 2004, to June 30, 2005:     $5,698.16
July 1, 2005, to June 30, 2006:     $9,916.80
July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007:   $15,043.60
July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2008:   $18,453.60
July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2009:   $16,730.00
July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010:   $16,585.90
July 1, 2010, to June 21, 2011:   $14,225.16
                                        Total: $105.831.04

(8) comments

someone who cares
someone who cares

Innocent until proven guilty

Maughanster
Maughanster

Oh no, she is guilty until proven innocent. This is how our society works these days. Besides that, we all know she stole from the state. You do not get charged without serious evidence in a case of this magnitude. I feel sorry for her family and most of all her children!

Canti
Canti

You should hide your face in shame Ryan, since YOU have NO room to talk...Do you....Don't you know about lying and stealing and cheating first hand?

Dick1946
Dick1946

she will probably have a tax payers attorney to defend her bs show us the money

babysnooks
babysnooks

Can you imagine how many other people may be doing this in this Nation? It is hard for the Federal Govt to be the watch dog on every thing. That is the reasoning in SMALL government. Keep things on a smaller level and it may be harder to get by with this kind of fraud.

Maughanster
Maughanster

The funny thing is, she is claiming none if this is true. I am sure the state of Idaho is "completely wrong" In their findings! When you steal, lie or cheat, you should just own up to your wrong doings and admit your failures! Lies only make it worse. She is guilty!

Canti
Canti

I do not understand how anyone can be so down right wrong Maughanster. EVERYONE, is innocent, until proven other wise, You should be ashamed of yourself for even saying something like that in the internet. I guess you have never heard of Serious Case involve prison terms only to be found INNOCENT Later. It is people like you the convective someone without knowing all the facts. The state released only ONE side of the story. What about the Other side??? Does she not get a chance to prove her case? How dare you speak for me, "We all know she stole from the State" ...... I do not know she stole from the state or anyone for that matter. Speak only for yourself. I think from the way you are talking you must know her, and her family, and if that is true, why would think she would or could do such a thing? Maybe you are reflexing what you would do if you could. But not everyone is bad....You should ask for Forgiveness. I hope you have just as much ba((s to say how wrong you are if it turns out that way. For me, I believe the state can and HAS made errors, in billing. This could be the case here. Give the girl a chance....

Maughanster
Maughanster

I have no shame! This is a public sight and I can express my opinion to whomever and however I please. How dare you question my opinion? Who do you think you are? When the truth does come out, why don't you publicly apologize for calling me out for expressing my opinion, if you are so smart, why don't you read the affidavit and see that all the claimed transport patients initials are all children who she is related to or knows. This also includes my children, so I am not guessing when I say she is not innocent "canti"! All I am saying is, I feel sorry for her family if she does in fact get convicted, because of everything else that has happened recently. Regardless, if you have the nerve to call me out, then call me up or reveal yourself. Being bold and blunt about facts is not wrong. My children are in those claims and I know after 2001 she did not take my kids anywhere. So research the facts before cast judgement
Finally, you wouldn't be so mad about my opinion, if you did not know her and were not trying to protect her best interest. I never claimed to like her or support her, nothing wrong with that. And in our "society" people are viewed as guilty first, then innocent, this is a fact. Is this not why people like Aaron Hernandez are sitting in jail? He has not been charged has he? But he suffers as if he has been, right? So what's your argument based on? Your opinion?
Sorry, I just don't agree with you,
Also, why don't you enlighten me about your claim that I know about lying, stealing, or cheating? Oh please tell wise one!
Freedom of speech. Have a wonderful day "CANTI"

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