POSTED: Friday, October 19, 2012 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 19, 2012 - 1:04pm
Baton Rouge, La — Four women and two men, all from Northeast Louisiana, face charges in a scheme to defraud the state’s Medicaid program.
The six personal care attendants are accused of submitting timesheets to their employer claiming that they provided in-home caregiver services, such as cooking, cleaning, and bathing, to Medicaid patients on the same dates and times those patients were actually hospitalized.
“This outrageous assault on our tax dollars must stop,” Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said. “This office will continue to work closely with the Department of Health and Hospitals to ensure that fraud is rooted out and eliminated from the state’s Medicaid program.”
"Crimes like this rob taxpayer dollars and exploit vulnerable residents who depend on Medicaid for care," said DHH Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein. "We've greatly enhanced our claims screening processes to better catch people who are committing fraud, waste and abuse, and we will continue our work with the Attorney General to find and punish those responsible."
Agents from the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with assistance from the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office and Union Parish Sheriff’s Office, arrested and charged the following:
Mary Louise Trotter, 63
Nikita Trishell Brownfield, 24
Gustavia Glover, Jr.
Jamiesha Janae Mason, 21
Kelly Ray Turner, 53
Atekeya Oceanan Williams, 27
The individuals were transported and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison today. Trotter, who turned herself in, was booked with six counts of Medicaid fraud, while the other five caregivers were booked with one count each of Medicaid fraud.