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Medicaid fraud roundup nets 20 arrests

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Posted: Apr 16, 2014 4:25 PM by Russell Jones
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: medicaid fraud, fraud arrests, attorney general

NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Attorney General's Office announced more than a dozen recent arrests as part of a crackdown on Medicaid fraud in the New Orleans area.

The AG's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested 20 personal care attendants on suspicion of defrauding the state's Medicaid program by $150,000 over the course of one year.

"This week's roundup would not have been possible if not for the help of the Orleans, Jefferson and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriffs' Offices. With this heightened level of cooperation, our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is achieving great results," Caldwell said.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said investigators received a tip about potential fraud at a senior residential facility in New Orleans. Checking security sheets, the agents said they discovered multiple cases where attendants from four different Medicaid providers submitted payment claims for work they never did.

Personal care attendants are hired by Medicaid providers to care for physically handicapped and disabled Medicaid recipients. The personal care attendants keep service logs and records of hours worked with each client and submit the hours to the Medicaid provider for payment. In turn, the Medicaid provider submits the hours to the Medicaid program for payment of services rendered.

The following people were arrested as part of this investigation:

Tonisha A. Ambeau
Personal Care Attendant for Courteous Care, Inc.
5 Counts Medicaid Fraud

Johnsie M. Bradford
Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services
6 Counts Medicaid Fraud

Kiyanta R. Branch
Personal Care Attendant for About Healthcare Services, Inc.
2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

Bertha A. Charles
Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services
4 Counts Medicaid Fraud

Yolanda K. Duncan
Personal Care Attendant for About Healthcare Services, Inc.
6 Counts Medicaid Fraud

Denise T. Hingle
Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services
4 Counts Medicaid Fraud

Shawn M. Johnson
Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services
4 Counts Medicaid Fraud

Sydnee B. Jolla
Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services
6 Counts Medicaid Fraud

Catherine E. Lee
Personal Care Attendant for Courteous Care, Inc.
2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

Regina Matthews
Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services
6 Counts Medicaid Fraud

Mikkeshia A. Ricard
Personal Care Attendant for Positive Care, LLC
2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

Betty L. Sanders
Personal Care Attendant for Courteous Care, Inc.
6 Counts Medicaid Fraud

Cherie V. Simmons
Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services
3 Counts Medicaid Fraud

Moniqusha M. Simmons
Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services
2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

Tiffany N. Davis
Personal Care Attendant for About Healthcare Services, Inc.
2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

Melissa S. Williams
Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services
3 Counts Medicaid Fraud

Latrice A. Woods
Personal Care Attendant for About Healthcare Services, Inc.
2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

Shantrelle T. Boothe
Personal Care Attendant for About Healthcare Services, Inc.
6 Counts Medicaid Fraud

Sandra A. Jackson
Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services
3 Counts Medicaid Fraud

Ariane M. Jones
Personal Care Attendant for About Healthcare Services, Inc.
2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

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