Title 33: Human Services
Chapter 1: DEPARTMENT OF PREVENTION, ASSISTANCE, TRANSITION, AND HEALTH ACCESS
Sub-Chapter 5: Prohibited Practices; Penalties
33 V.S.A. § 143. General penalty
§ 143. General penalty
(a) A person who knowingly violates a provision of this title for which no penalty is specifically provided shall:
(1) If the assistance or benefits obtained pursuant to a single fraudulent scheme or a course of conduct are in violation of subsection 141(a) or (b) of this title involving $1,000.00 or less, be fined not more than the amount of assistance or benefits wrongfully obtained, or be imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
(2) If the assistance or benefits obtained pursuant to a single fraudulent scheme or course of conduct are in violation of subsection (a) or (b) of section 141 of this title, and involve more than $1,000.00, be fined not more than an amount equal to the assistance or benefits wrongfully obtained, or be imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
(3) If the violation is under subsection (c), (d), or (e) of section 141 of this title, be fined up to $1,000.00, or up to an amount equal to twice the amount of assistance, benefits or payments wrongfully obtained or be imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both.
(b) If the person convicted is receiving assistance, benefits, or payments, the Commissioner for Children and Families or the Commissioner of Vermont Health Access may recoup the amount of assistance or benefits wrongfully obtained by reducing the assistance, benefits, or payments periodically paid to the recipient, as limited by federal law, until the amount is fully recovered.
(c) If a provider of services is convicted of a violation of subsection 141(d) or (e) of this title, the Commissioner of Vermont Health Access shall, within 90 days of the conviction, suspend the provider from further participation in the medical assistance program administered under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for a period of four years. The suspension required by this subsection may be waived by the Secretary of Human Services only upon a finding that the recipients served by the convicted provider would suffer substantial hardship through a denial of medical services that could not reasonably be obtained through another provider. (Added 1967, No. 147, § 1; amended 1977, No. 206 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 1999, No. 147 (Adj. Sess.), § 4; 2005, No. 174 (Adj. Sess.), § 75; 2009, No. 156 (Adj. Sess.), § I.41.)