Public housing

Metro East woman pleads guilty to health care and social housing scams

EAST STREET. LOUIS, Ill. — A 36-year-old woman who worked as a personal assistant for a disabled person pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal indictment charging her with health care fraud and filing a false housing form public.

According to court documents, Shomanicka Holly served as an assistant from August 2016 to June 2019. During that time, Holly submitted fake time sheets by lying about dates and times while working at another job. She was then paid for by a government-funded health care program through the Illinois Department of Social Services.

Because the program uses Medicaid funds, Holly’s actions were a federal crime.

Holly also admitted to withholding information when filing a public housing form. She failed to include that another adult lived in her home and also earned income. Holly may have received more benefits than she was entitled to, depriving others of their rightful help.

Holly will be sentenced the morning of April 13, 2022 at the East St. Louis Federal Courthouse. The health care fraud charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. The charge of making false statements on a housing form is punishable by 5 years. She may also be fined $250,000 and ordered to make restitution.