(320 ILCS 25/9)
(from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 409)
(a) Any person who files a fraudulent claim
for a grant under this Act, or who for compensation prepares a claim
for a grant and
knowingly enters false information on an application for any claimant under
this Act, or who fraudulently files multiple applications, or who
fraudulently states that a person without a disability is a person with a disability, or who, prior to July 1, 2012, fraudulently procures pharmaceutical assistance benefits, or
who fraudulently uses such assistance to procure covered prescription drugs, or
who, on behalf of an authorized pharmacy, files a fraudulent request for payment, is
guilty of a Class 4 felony for the first offense and is guilty of a Class 3
felony for each subsequent offense.
(c) The Department on Aging may recover from a
claimant any amount paid to that claimant under this
Act on account of an erroneous or
fraudulent claim, together with 6% interest per year. Amounts
recoverable from a claimant by the Department on Aging under
this Act may, but need not, be recovered by offsetting the
amount owed against any future grant payable to the person
under this Act.
The Department of Healthcare and Family Services may
recover for acts prior to July 1, 2012 from an authorized pharmacy any amount paid to that
pharmacy under the pharmaceutical assistance program on
account of an erroneous or fraudulent request for payment under
that program, together with 6% interest per year. The
Department of Healthcare and Family Services may recover from a
person who erroneously or fraudulently obtains benefits under
the pharmaceutical assistance program the value of the benefits
so obtained, together with 6% interest per year.
(d) A prosecution for
a violation of this Section may be commenced at any time within 3 years
of the commission of that violation.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)