Lori Jo Mueller was charged on January 9, 2013 in Minneapolis Federal court with health care fraud. According to the charges, Ms. Mueller embezzled over $800,000 from June 2006 through June 2012. If found guilty of the charges, she will be placed on the OIG exclusion list.
Ms. Mueller was hired in 2002 by Edilweiss Home Health Care and was eventually promoted to Vice President of Operations. Her responsibilities included bookkeeping, financial accounting, and managing accounts payable. The charges against her accuse her of using her access to the corporate checking account to embezzle the money.
In order to cover up her embezzlement, she purportedly submitted false claims to a Minnesota Medicaid and multiple other insurance carriers in order to create a pattern of double billing that allowed her to replace the monies she had embezzled from the corporate checking account. The overbilling she conducted raised more than $600,000 in proceeds from 2006 through 2012.