JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A nurse who falsely claimed to provide health care services to a Medicaid beneficiary that was found dead and encased in concrete has pleaded guilty to health care fraud in federal court Monday.
49-year-old Melissa Denise DeLap, of Columbia, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty to a federal information that charges her with one count of health care fraud, according to a news release from the office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.
DeLap, a Community Registered Nurse, failed to provide services she was contracted to provide to four Medicaid beneficiaries at a residence operated by Second Chance Homes, an individualized supported living program in Fulton.
One of DeLap’s beneficiaries, Carl DeBrodie, died in approximately September 2016. DeLap continued to sign off as having performed face-to-face assessments and other services for DeBrodie and the other beneficiaries until March 2017, shortly before DeBrodie was reported missing, in April 2017. His body was found in a storage unit encased in concrete one week later.
Future court dates are currently pending.