Sentencing In Identity Theft Case, Plea In Medicaid Fraud

By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp

TOPEKA (From 13 News) -- An illegal immigrant accused of assuming a Texas teacher's person was sentenced Monday to a year and a half in prison.

Benita Cardona-Gonzalez pleaded guilty in January to possessing fraudulent identification documents. The Mexican national, living in Topeka, used Candida Gutierrez's identity for 12 years to get a job, credit rating, take out a home loan, get food stamps and medical care.

The meeting in court Monday was the first time Candida Gutierrez had evern seen Cardona-Gonzalez, the woman who stole her persona and used it for a dozen years.

And an Osawatomie woman has pleaded guilty to several charges of defrauding Medicaid.

38-year old Kerrie Goodell entered the plea to making a false claim to Medicaid, theft, conspiracy to make a false claim, and forgery.

Goodell admits helping her boyfriend, Christopher Mattheisen in the scheme, in which he used false security cards and student IDs to create a new identity as a personal care attendant.

Matthiesen then submitted time sheets to the Kansas Medicaid program claiming hours of service had been done by phony attendant. Goodell is agreeing to pay back more than $13,000 in restitution. She'll be sentenced on June 6th.


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