Four arrested in Medicaid fraud case

Four arrested in Medicaid fraud case
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 3:38pm

Three former employees of Cookies Helping Hand Inc. in Rayville, have been arrested and charged with defrauding the state’s Medicaid program.

An investigation revealed that the former employees could not have provided the services for which they billed to the Medicaid program because the women were working at other jobs during that time.

During an extensive review of the company’s billing records, patient logs, employee timesheets, and other reports, investigators discovered that more than $575,000 was billed to and paid by Louisiana Medicaid for services allegedly provided by employees that were no longer employed by her company.

The company also billed for services reportedly rendered while patients were in the hospital and for services when the employee was actually working at another job.

The owner of Cookies Helping Hand Inc., Patricia A. Bell, 51, surrendered to the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for arrest on July 22 and was charged with 60 counts of filing or maintaining false public records and seven counts of Medicaid fraud.

Georgia Lee Coleman, 50, was charged with 35 counts of Medicaid fraud; Lisa Thomas, 45, was charged with 10 counts of Medicaid fraud; and Yaschica Pleasant Jackson, 37, was charged with four counts of Medicaid fraud for their role in a scheme to bill Louisiana’s Medicaid program for services that were not rendered.

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