Personal care services agency owner arrested
BATON ROUGE - The owner of a personal care services agency has been arrested and booked with defrauding the state's Medicaid program.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says Patricia A. Bell of Rayville surrendered to authorities last week. He says Bell, the owner of Cookies Helping Hand Inc., was charged with 60 counts of filing or maintaining false public records and seven counts of Medicaid fraud.
Caldwell said the arrest stems from an investigation of billing practices at Bell's company located in Rayville and Crowville. During an extensive review of billing records, logs, timesheets, and other reports, Caldwell said investigators discovered that more than $575,000 was billed to and paid by Louisiana Medicaid for services allegedly provided by employees of Bell's company, even though those employees were no longer employed by her company.