Charlotte Kay Reilly has become the first person to be prosecuted by the North Dakota Medicaid Fraud Unit. She was charged with theft of prescription medication and reckless endangerment.
The charges stem from acts allegedly committed in 2017, when Reilly was a licensed practical nurse at Borg Pioneer Memorial Home in Pembina County. Reilly was responsible for administering prescribed narcotic pain medications to the residents in her care. In November 2017, her employment was terminated after it was concluded that she was both diverting prescription pain medication that was intended for residents and substituting patient pain medication with over the counter medications.
Reilly is charged with 11 Class C felony offenses, for which the penalty of each is up to five years of imprisonment, a fine of $10,000, or both, and one Class B misdemeanor offense.
North Dakota in September became the final state to have such a unit. The entities investigate and prosecute Medicaid provider fraud and resident / patient abuse and neglect in assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities and other healthcare facilities, according to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.