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Rayville woman pleads guilty in Medicaid fraud

3 years 6 months 4 days ago May 31, 2013 May 31, 2013 Friday, May 31 2013 May 31, 2013 10:52 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

RAYVILLE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office says the former owner of a Rayville personal care services agency has pleaded guilty to defrauding the state's Medicaid program.

The guilty plea was entered Thursday by 52-year-old Patricia A. Bell of Rayville. Caldwell says in a news release that Bell was charged in a bill of information in 5th Judicial District Court. She pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud and agreed to pay $848,765.23 in restitution to the Medicaid program.

She also must pay $200,000 in civil monetary penalties plus $50,000 to cover costs including investigation and prosecution.

Bell operated a personal care services agency called Cookies Helping Hand. Caldwell's office said she falsified background checks on home care aids and billed Medicaid for services not actually rendered.

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