Jessamine County

Jessamine woman sentenced to 18 months in prison for defrauding state Medicaid program

A Jessamine County woman was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison on a state charge of defrauding the Medicaid program.

Sheryl Bruner, 52, must also pay $550,000 in restitution and must forfeit $223,028 that investigators seized from her home during a search in December.

Last week, Bruner was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Lexington to serve seven years in prison on federal charges of Social Security fraud and bankruptcy fraud.

The 18-month state sentence handed down Friday by Fayette Circuit Judge Thomas Clark will run concurrently with the federal sentence.

In the state case, Bruner admitted that from June 2005 through December 2013, she submitted forged paperwork to get people qualified for Medicaid, then billed the program for services for people who had not been properly qualified.

Bruner operated a service called Support Service, which had an office in Lexington and provided care for people with disabilities.

Bruner reported monthly income of $12,500 when she filed for bankruptcy last year.

Since 2002, Bruner also had received federal disability payments after claiming that she couldn't hold down a job because of depression and anxiety, according to court records.

The income from her jobs and other assets would have disqualified Bruner from receiving disability checks if she had disclosed them to the Social Security Administration.

Bruner was convicted in federal court of stealing disability funds, concealing assets from the Social Security Administration, lying to the agency, money laundering and bankruptcy fraud.