Solomon sentenced to 3 1/2 years for defrauding MaineCare

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PARIS — A Harrison woman who embezzled more than $4 million from MaineCare was sentenced Thursday to eight years with all but 3½ years suspended and was ordered to pay restitution of up to $4 million.

Dawn Solomon, 43, will serve three months of probation after she is released.

Michael Miller, director of the Attorney General’s Healthcare Crimes Unit, said she had pushed for 60 months but was satisfied with Solomon’s sentence.

“I was hoping that I made a compelling argument for a little bit longer, but the court made a decision that took into account many factors, including whether additional imprisonment would have been sufficient to deter others,” Miller said.

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She said Solomon’s cooperation with authorities was also considered.

Her plea to theft by deception, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, was in exchange for an eight-year prison sentence with all but 40 to 60 months suspended. Solomon was given a stay of execution until June 6 so she can attend her daughter’s graduation before the sentence begins.

In December, Solomon admitted to charges that she, through her Living Independence Network Corp., overbilled the state for hours and expenses since January 2006, Miller said.

Solomon was president, shareholder and treasurer of the company. According to Miller, Solomon committed billing fraud totaling about $80,000 a month in 2006. In 2007, she was up to $107,000 a month; in 2008, it was $134,000, Miller said.

She said that through billing fraud alone, Solomon bilked the state of more than $4 million. She said Solomon also submitted false costs and mileage on expense reports from caretakers.

Solomon owned several other companies, including Opal Consulting LLC, which trained in alternative healing; New Horizon Capital Investment, a real estate holding company; and Infinite Horizons Inc., a case management services company.

Miller said the employees of all three companies were on the LINC payroll, their wages subsidized by MaineCare. Solomon’s family members were also on the payroll, Miller said in December.

“We are still looking into whether or not we will be prosecuting additional individuals in connection with the fraud that was committed against the MaineCare program,” Miller said Thursday.

In March, nine properties owned by either New Horizon Capital Investment LLC or Solomon were sold at auction for a total of $735,000.

The properties included the historic Odd Fellows Building at 380 Main St. in Norway. Mortgage holder TD Bank bought it for $89,000.

treaves@sunjournal.com

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