POSTED: Friday, September 21, 2012 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Friday, September 21, 2012 - 11:04am
Monroe, La — A Monroe woman has been arrested and charged with Medicaid fraud for filing false claims.
Stella Owens, 62, was arrested by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. She was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of Medicaid fraud.
Owens, a personal care attendant, submitted false timesheets to her employer claiming to be providing personal care services to a Medicaid patient at the patient’s home even though the patient was actually hospitalized at the time. This resulted in the Medicaid program being falsely billed $13,718.
Personal care attendants are hired by Medicaid providers to care for physically handicapped Medicaid recipients. They provide caregiver services such as cooking, grooming, and bathing.