Mother of Tyrann Mathieu indicted on health care fraud charges _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (32) is hugged by his parents Tyrone, right, and Shelia Mathieu before a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.

The mother of former LSU football star Tyrann Mathieu was indicted Thursday for participating in a scheme with Abide Home Care Services and 19 others to rip Medicare off to the tune of $30 million.

Sheila Mathieu, 46, is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and receive and pay health care kickbacks, and health care fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney Ken Polite’s office.

Mathieu’s husband, Tyrone Mathieu, confirmed that his wife was charged but declined to comment any further.

Sheila Mathieu and several other registered nurses allegedly went to Medicare beneficiaries’ homes to assess how much care the patients needed, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. In order to hike up the reimbursement rates for claims, Mathieu and others would include diagnoses that had nothing to do with the needs of the patients, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Mathieu would also recommend items the patient did not need to increase the reimbursement amount paid by Medicare to Abide.

Mathieu faces a maximum of 35 years in federal prison if convicted.

Her son, Tyrann, is entering his third season as a defensive back with the Arizona Cardinals. In college he had his own share of disciplinary problems, and didn’t play in the 2012 season after being kicked off the LSU football team.