A district judge sentenced a Dallas woman to 48 months in prison and ordered her to pay $233,000.00 in restitution following her guilty plea to one count of fraud in connection with means of identification. According to a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) press release, the woman treated 243 hospice patients while posing as nurse with a stolen driver’s license, social security number, and other identification.
Jada Necole Antoine, who was not licensed as a physician, registered nurse, or other health care provider, stole a registered nurse’s driver’s license and social security card and then used those and other means of identification to obtain employment at eight different hospice companies. According to a report from the Dallas Morning News, Antoine was not even a high school graduate.
During her fraudulent employment, Antoine worked as a registered nurse and had direct responsibility for patient care and treated 243 patients. She treated a wide variety of patients, including those who were mentally ill, comatose, asleep, and otherwise unresponsive to sound and touch. She was involved in admitting patients into hospice care. Antoine violated patient privacy because patients routinely revealed parts of their bodies to her for examination that they would not have otherwise revealed, had they known about the truth of her qualifications. She also violated patient privacy by gaining access to patient charts and by speaking with staff and family members.
During the course of the fraud, Antoine received approximately $107,000 in compensation from the hospice agencies where she was fraudulently employed. Antoine’s fraud caused the hospice companies to submit claims to Medicare and Medicaid for the hospice services performed by her. According to the FBI, from approximately January 2009 through April 20, 2012, about $800,000 in hospice claims were submitted to Medicare for services purportedly performed by Antoine while she was impersonating the nurse whose identification she stole. She pleaded guilty on December 9, 2014.