Esther Reyes, 33, of Freeport was arrested Thursday and charged with grand larceny, welfare fraud and endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person.
Reyes is accused of fraudulently collecting $34,157 in Medicaid payments by working a second job when she was supposed to be caring for a 23-year-old autistic man who suffers from seizures officials said.
Reyes cared for the man between July 25, 2006 and Nov. 17 2008 and was hired by a Hicksville couple to dress and feed their son. However, prosecutors charge when Reyes worked her second job as a bus driver, she locked the man in a car in her driveway with only a radio.
According to prosecutors, Reyes violated Medicaid regulations that prohibit care providers from "having secondary employment" during hours they work providing care to patients.
The case was brought to the attention of the District Attorney's Office by the Nassau County Executive's Medicaid Unit.
Reyes was scheduled for arraignment Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead. She faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.