Woman claimed Medicaid wages while actually visiting son in prison; arrested for fraud

Woman claimed Medicaid wages while actually visiting son in prison; arrested for fraud
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POSTED: Friday, June 7, 2013 - 7:30pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 2:48pm

A Columbia woman has been booked with Medicaid fraud for filing false claims, announced Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

Erlene Linder, 58, surrendered to Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigators today for arrest and was charged with one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of filing false public records. Linder was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Linder, a direct care service worker, is accused of submitting false timesheets to her employer claiming to be providing services to Medicaid patients at the patients’ homes. An investigation revealed that Linder was actually visiting her son at Louisiana State Penitentiary during the same times and dates she claimed to be providing services to the Medicaid patients.

Direct care service workers are hired by Medicaid providers to assist elderly and disabled persons with daily tasks such as house cleaning, cooking and grocery shopping.

If convicted, Linder could face up to 10 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.

To report suspected Medicaid fraud, please contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 1-888-799-6885.

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And you wonder why the system is going broke with cheats allowed to get into the system another one of Obama's fine programs that has went to hell, allowing illegals into and to draw money from a pool they have not put a dime into and draining it for those that have paid all their working lives to rely on as they need it. I am so glad his dictatorship will be over in 2016 , and maybe we can get some honesty back in the white house.

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