POSTED: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 3:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Two Louisiana women have been arrested and charged with Medicaid fraud, announced Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.
Lakeiqua Green, 23, of New Orleans, surrendered to Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigators on Monday and was booked on one count of Medicaid fraud at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Green, a personal care attendant, submitted timesheets stating that she provided in-home caregiver services to a Medicaid patient on the same dates and times the patient was actually receiving care at a New Orleans hospital.
In an unrelated incident, Jolonda Huff, 31, of Bastrop, was also booked on one count of Medicaid fraud at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Monday. Huff, 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 Dallas, Texas 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 1-888-799-6885.