OTTAWA – Claims of water damage followed by fire damage were made by a Putnam County Medicaid provider who failed to maintain required documentation of service delivery, according to an audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.

“The odds of losing business records to both flood and fire appear remote at best,” Auditor Yost said. “I’m sure whatever is left, the dog ate.”

During the 2009-2011 audit period, April Patino LPN, Ottawa, was reimbursed $59,211.34 for private duty nursing and $187,982.96 for personal care aid services. On September 16, 2013, Patino told auditors she was unsure if she had any records from the audit period. On September 26, Patino claimed the records were disposed of due to water damage. Finally, in her official response, Patino claimed the records had been burned by mistake.

Patino responded that soon after moving her records into her basement she experienced water damage in the basement and her clinical records were destroyed. She stated that her husband mistook the records fornursing text books and burned them.She further stated that she was unaware of the records being destroyed until she was contacted by the Auditor of State’s Office in regard to this examination and she has taken measures to ensure this does not occur again

The audit determined Patino was overpaid by $247,194.30. This finding plus interest in the amount of $16,507.84 – totaling $263,702.14 – is owed to Ohio Medicaid.

The report states: This finding plus interest in the amount of $16,507.84 totaling $263,702.14 is due and payable to the ODM upon ODM’s adoption and adjudication of this examination report. After adjudication by ODM, additional interest may be assessed until the finding and interest is paid in full.