Two Baton Rouge women charged with Medicaid Fraud

Two Baton Rouge women charged with Medicaid Fraud
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POSTED: Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 5:34pm

Two Baton Rouge women have been arrested and charged with Medicaid fraud, announced Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

Helen Payne, 44, surrendered to Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigators on Wednesday and was booked on one count of Medicaid fraud. Payne, a personal care attendant, submitted timesheets stating that she provided in-home caregiver services to a Medicaid patient on the same dates and times that Payne was actually working for another personal care services agency and while the patient was a resident of a nursing facility.

In an unrelated incident, Wanita McKneely, 31, of also surrendered to investigators with the Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday and was booked on one count of Medicaid fraud. McKneely, a personal care attendant, submitted timesheets claiming she provided caregiver services to a Medicaid patient on the same dates and times the patient was actually receiving care at a Kinder and Baton Rouge hospital.

Personal care attendants are hired by Medicaid providers to care for physically handicapped 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.

To report suspected Medicaid fraud, please contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at (225) 326-6210.

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