By: Don Shaw email: don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com (570) 543-2961

Prisoner, mother arrested in Medicare fraud came to light in Wayne County Prison, girlfriend wanted

Prisoner, mother arrested in Medicare fraud came to light in Wayne County Prison, girlfriend wanted

Honesdale, PA

Patrick L. Robinson, Wayne County District Attorney, announced today the arrest of Shawn Decker, age 44, and Bonnie Decker, age 63 from Honesdale, Pennsylvania. On September 19, 2019, Shawn Decker and his mother Bonnie Decker were both charged with False or Fraudulent Medical Assistance Claims (Felony 3rd Degree), Submitting Claim With False Information (Felony 3rd Degree), Unentitled Reimbursement (Felony 3rd Degree), Theft By Deception (Felony 3rd Degree), Tampering With Public Records (Felony 3rd Degree), Criminal Conspiracy To Commit Theft By Deception (Felony 3rd Degree) and Criminal Conspiracy To Commit Tampering With Public Records (Felony 3rd Degree).

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Wayne County Detective Ronald Kominski, an investigation was launched when it was learned that unusually large amounts of money were being deposited into Shawn Decker’s phone and commissary accounts while he was incarcerated at the Wayne County Correctional Facility. Those deposits were made by his mother, Bonnie Decker, and his girlfriend, Bobbie Spalding. It was discovered that prior to his incarceration, Shawn Decker was being paid by Public Partnership, LLC to be the care provider for his mother Bonnie Decker. Public Partnership, LLC is funded through the Pennsylvania Medicare. Both Deckers were responsible for completing and submitting paperwork to Public Partnership, LLC listing Shawn’s time sheets, requests for care and any needed medical supplies. During the time that Shawn was incarcerated for 10 months, he and Bonnie continued to submit paperwork to Public Partnership, LLC as if he were still caring for Bonnie. Shawn Decker’s girlfriend, Bobbie Spalding, assisted in obtaining Shawn’s signatures on the paperwork. During the 10 months that Shawn was incarcerated, he was paid a total of $20,616.02 for services he did not render.

Both Shawn and Bonnie Decker were taken into custody and were arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Carney. Bail was set at $200,000.00 for Shawn Decker and $50,000.00 for Bonnie Decker. Both were unable to post bail and were remanded to the Wayne County Correctional Facility. Bonnie Decker’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 9, 2019, at 9:00 am at the Wayne County Courthouse Central Court. Shawn Decker’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 9, 2019 at 3:30 PM at Magisterial District Judge Myers’ court. An active arrest warrant has been issued for Bobbie Spalding.

District Attorney Robinson stated: “This kind of Medicare Fraud is not an insignificant matter. Abuse of Public Funds results in more taxes and prevents people who truly need help from getting the help they need. While there is no allegation that Bonnie Decker did not need help, there is an allegation that Shawn Decker was receiving tax payer funds for alleged work he performed while incarcerated in the Wayne County Prison.”

Authorities ask anyone with information to located Bobbie Spalding are asked to contact the Wayne County Communications Center at (570) 253-3109.

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Don Shaw

Don Shaw journalist covering local news for The Pennsylvania Chronicle (717) 461-2107 don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com