20 arrested in LA Medicaid fraud roundup, estimated $150K stolen

20 arrested in LA Medicaid fraud roundup, estimated $150K stolen
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POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 4:25pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 4:36pm

The Louisiana Attorney Gerneral’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) arrested 20 personal care workers who allegedly stole an estimated $150,000 from the state’s Medicaid program.

The recent operation was focused in the New Orleans area and is part of a broader crackdown on provider fraud.

A local citizen first tipped MFCU to possible fraud. Investigators eventually learned that the accused personal care worker was providing services to a Medicaid recipient at a senior citizen’s facility in New Orleans.

Many of the other residents in the facility are eligible for personal care services through private providers that bill the Louisiana Medicaid Program.

The facility keeps service logs at a 24-hour security desk. All visitors and personal care attendants are required to sign in and out.

After examining the service logs from the facility and the hours reported by the provider agencies, MFCU investigators identified several attendants from four different Medicaid provider agencies who submitted fraudulent payment claims for services they never actually provided.

“We are sending a message loud and clear to those who steal from our taxpayers and prey on our most poor and vulnerable citizens— Medicaid fraud and abuse will not be tolerated,” said Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

The investigation remains ongoing, and additional arrests are possible. 

The following individuals were arrested with assistance from the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s office and booked into the Orleans Parish Prison on 4/14/14:

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

The following individuals were arrested with assistance from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office and booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on 4/14/14:

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

*All of the above subjects were later transported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for booking. 

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