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    Rutledge Announces Arrest of Two Northeast Arkansas Women for Medicaid Fraud


    February 9, 2017

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of a Craighead County woman and a Green County woman. Both cases were referred to the Attorney General’s office by the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General upon which a joint investigation and audit were conducted.

    Paula Riggs, 49, of Jonesboro, was arrested and released from the Pulaski County Detention Facility. She is charged with Failure to Maintain Records, a Class D felony, and two counts of Medicaid fraud, a Class B felony. Riggs is accused of billing $26,242.56 for services not rendered as a speech language pathologist with the Bay School District and failing to maintain documents.

    Hanna Riggs, 24, of Paragould, was arrested and released from the Pulaski County Detention Facility. She is charged with two counts of Medicaid fraud, a Class B and a Class C felony, and Failure to Maintain Records, a Class D felony. She is accused of billing for services not rendered, totaling $5,854.96, as a speech language pathologist with the Bay School District and for failing to maintain documents.

    Medicaid fraud occurs when providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled. To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, submit a confidential online form or contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or oag@arkansasag.gov.

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