Federal prosecutors in Springfield have obtained indictments against 15 people, accusing them of Medicaid fraud.
Two Petersburg residents and one person from Cantrall are among those charged in the sweep.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the defendants are accused of fraudulently billing a Medicaid program for providing home health care services to disabled patients.
They submitted time sheets listing hours when the suspects were working other jobs or when the client was hospitalized or was otherwise not receiving services.
The most serious charges could carry prison terms of 20 years per count.