By Edwin Folven, 4/19/2012
A man accused of posing as his dead in-home care provider for the purpose of defrauding a public assistance program pleaded guilty today, the District Attorney’s Office announced.
Reginald Ray Peoples, 54, pleaded guilty to 33 felony counts, including grand theft of personal property, presentation of fraudulent claim and forgery.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Horwitz ordered the defendant to return for sentencing on May 31. Peoples is expected to be sentenced to 180 days in county jail and three years of formal probation, under the terms of an “open” plea, which is an agreement reached with the court rather than a settlement negotiated with the District Attorney’s Office.
Peoples was one of 15 criminal defendants with outstanding warrants arrested in a multi-agency “sweep” on Dec. 13, 2011. Peoples, a public assistance recipient enrolled in the state’s In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program for the elderly and disabled, forged his provider’s signature for two years after the man died in order to continue billing IHSS. In all, the defendant cashed almost $20,500 in payments, prosecutors said.