CHICAGO — A Beverly woman has been charged with defrauding the state out of almost $1 million in Medicaid funding.
Santila Terry, 45, has been charged with theft, identity theft and vendor fraud in the case, according to an Illinois Attorney General's office news release. Prosecutors said Terry falsely billed the state for speech therapy work for children.
She was unable to be reached for comment.
Terry used an ex-employee's Medicaid provider number and personal information to bill the state for more than $909,500 through her company, Special Therapy Care Chartered, prosecutors said. Terry claimed the ex-employee was providing speech therapy to children, but prosecutors said that was false.
Terry's practice had locations in Beverly and suburban Oak Lawn. Terry also started DocBarbie Hair Boutique last year to help women with hair loss.
Terry will be arraigned Oct. 27.
In an April 2016 story on the hair boutique, Terry told a DNAinfo reporter that she was a doctor specializing in pediatric developmental disabilities.