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Jennifer Lynn Robinette

A Lawrenceville woman must pay $150,000 to Georgia Medicaid after pleading guilty to defrauding the health insurance program.

Jennifer Lynn Robinette, 55, was sentenced to 10 years probation with the first six months to be spent on house arrest following her plea in Gwinnett County Superior Court, where she copped to one count of Medicaid fraud, one count of exploitation of a disabled adult and two counts of forgery in the first degree.

“Our office will remain diligent in working with local officials to protect the integrity of Georgia programs and to ensure taxpayer dollars are used appropriately,” said Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr.

According to Carr, Robinette owned and operated Wishes 4 Me Foundation, Inc., a corporation that advertised itself as providing “structured living for adults with disabilities” and assisting “disabled adults live a more active lifestyle.”

While the organization did provide some of those services, it was funded almost entirely by defrauding the Independent Care Waiver Program, a Georgia Medicaid program intended to assist adults with disabilities live independently in their homes, Carr said.

“Robinette wrongfully utilized the Georgia Medicaid program to facilitate the payment of more than $800,000 to herself and others,” he said. “$150,000 of those said funds was deposited directly into her own bank accounts.”

During the course of her management of Wishes, Robinette also convinced several residents to open joint bank accounts with her. She then took some of the residents’ funds without their knowledge or their permission.

By accessing the accounts, she was able to transfer residents’ money to the Wishes bank account, her own personal account and those of her other businesses.

In addition to Robinette’s probation and restitution requirements, she is prohibited from directly or indirectly serving as a fiduciary for any disabled adult or elder person in any capacity, and she cannot participate in or associate with Georgia Medicaid.

Crime Reporter

Isabel is a crime and health reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. She graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a B.A. in international studies. She is originally from the Boston area.

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