Mother, Daughter Sentenced For Fraud Home assisitance Fraud

Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully announced that Aquilla Parrish and her daughter, Quilla Parrish, were sentenced after pleadin...

Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully announced that Aquilla Parrish and her daughter, Quilla Parrish, were sentenced after pleading no contest to committing grand theft against the In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program. The Honorable Lawrence Brown sentenced Aquilla Parrish to 2 years in prison and Quilla Parrish to 3 years in prison.

Both defendants were ordered to pay restitution to the IHSS program, as well as to the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance, and agreed to pay restitution on other counts which were dismissed as part of the negotiated disposition.

IHSS is a statewide program to provide services to income-eligible blind, elderly and disabled persons who are unable to remain in their own homes without assistance. To qualify, recipients must be at risk for out-of-home placement due to functional disabilities. Authorized services include food shopping & preparation, cleaning, personal care needs and accompaniment to medical appointments. Protective supervision is the highest category of service hours for confused, mentally impaired or mentally ill persons, and is only available if a need exists for 24 hour-a-day supervision.

Quilla Parrish gained admission to the IHSS program by false claims she and her mother made that she needed assistance with almost all aspects of her daily life (getting in and out of bed, using the bathroom, bathing, dressing, etc.). They claimed Quilla was so mentally impaired that she required 24-hour protective supervision in order to remain safely in her own home. In truth, Quilla was easily able to care for herself and do the things she and her mother claimed she could not.
In a separate scheme, Quilla Parrish defrauded the Cal Works paid child care program by falsely claiming she was attending school full time for over five years, when she was not enrolled at all. Quilla submitted over a dozen manufactured documents as false proof of her schooling.

The loss to the IHSS program from the Parishes’ theft totaled $49,612. The loss to the Cal Works paid child care program totaled $128,608.

Deputy District Attorney Laura West said, “By faking a need, the defendants stole precious money from a taxpayer funded program that serves some of the most vulnerable citizens in our community. The District Attorney’s IHSS Fraud Task Force is dedicated to preventing and detecting IHSS fraud, and to prosecuting those who steal from IHSS. We also aggressively pursue theft from any other program we discover while investigating allegations of IHSS fraud.”

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