A former Connecticut resident who continued to defraud Medicaid even after she was charged with related offenses has been sentenced to three years in prison, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Nicole Steiner, formerly known as Nicole Balkas, 33, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release once her prison term ends and was ordered by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer to pay $505,955.56 in restitution, federal officials said. Steiner’s scheme cost Medicaid a total of $551,311.85 in losses, the Justice Department reported in August.
Steiner owned and operated Helping Hands Academy LLC, a Bridgeport business that provided applied behavior analysis services to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and served as a provider for the Connecticut Medicaid Program, according to federal officials. Between December 2018 and October 2020, Steiner submitted fraudulent Medicaid claims for applied behavior analysis services that were never provided or not provided as indicated in the claim, officials said.