Jeffrey Edgington, of Clallam County, has a wife who's a client of the Department of Social and Health Service's Community Options Program Entry System, which funds in-home care for the poor. Crystal Edgington, the couple's daughter, was accused by state prosecutors of fraudulently billing for services she was supposed to provide to her mother. The only trouble is, apparently she just gave the dough to her dad. That's a problem because under state and federal law, spouses can't be paid care providers for each other.
According to the Attorney General's office, Jeffrey Edgington used the cash for things like Seahawks seasons tickets and a house on a golf course near Sequim.
As the AG's statement notes:
In October, 2008 DSHS made the MFCU aware of the suspicious activity when they discovered that Crystal was working another job while allegedly also taking care of her mother. MFCU Investigator Nancy Lewin then discovered that Crystal had billed DSHS for allegedly providing in-home care to her mother in 2011, even though her mother was actually in the hospital at the time.
Jeffrey Edgington pled guilty late last week to four counts of theft and four counts of Medicaid false claim, while Crystal Edgington pled guilty to four counts of theft and two counts of Medicaid false statement. The charges against both Edgingtons were filed March 19 in Thurston County Superior Court. As first time offenders, father and daughter will serve 30 days in jail, followed by six months of Community Custody. They'll also be required to repay Medicaid the whopping $111,705 they weaseled out of the program, plus $800 in fines and court fees.