Business owner accused of false reimbursements
A New York Mills woman was sentenced Wednesday in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of theft by false representation. Two related counts of the same charge were dismissed.
Kerrie Lee Lom, of 406 Park St. E., Apt. 18, New York Mills -- formerly of 5724 Bemidji Ave. N., Unit B, Bemidji -- was given a stay of imposition on the charge, on conditions including completion of up to seven years of supervised probation and 30 days in the Becker County Jail. She must also do 480 hours of community service work and sentence to service in lieu of $135 in court fines and fees. Lom has also been ordered to pay $44,500 in restitution.
If she successfully completes probation, the felony charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor conviction on her record.
According to the criminal complaint, Lom was accused of submitting false reimbursement claims to the human services departments of both Becker and Otter Tail counties.
The claims for Medicaid reimbursement of medical transportation services provided to a client of her business, Kerrie Lom Transportation, were allegedly more than $55,000 in excess of the services actually provided. The claims were filed between October 2007 and August 2009.