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October 28, 2013

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that health-care workers in Baxter County and Crittenden County were arrested last week following separate investigations by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Courtney Lynn Goodwin, 23, of Mountain Home was arrested Thursday and is accused of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, a Class D felony. Goodwin, a licensed practical nurse, is accused of stealing pain medication that had been prescribed to residents at the long-term care facility where she had been employed.

In a separate case, Elaina Brewer, 34, of Marion was arrested for Medicaid Fraud, a Class C felony. Brewer is accused of billing the Arkansas Medicaid Program for attendant-care services that she did not provide.

Goodwin was released from the Baxter County Detention Center on $5,000 bond. Brewer was released from the Crittenden County Detention Center on $2,500 bond.

“Investigators in our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit work tirelessly to prevent Medicaid fraud, as well as abuse and neglect in our nursing homes,” McDaniel said. “Those who we trust to provide medical care to our loved ones should not exploit that trust. Those who receive tax dollars to provide that medical care will be held accountable if they violate the law.”

Goodwin was employed as a nurse supervisor for Pine Lane Therapy and Living Center in Mountain Home. Following an internal investigation and an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Goodwin was accused of taking for her personal use three hydrocodone/acetaminophen pills that had been prescribed to three residents.

Goodwin is no longer employed at the center.

Brewer was contracted by Crittenden Adult Care Services to provide personal assistance to Medicaid beneficiaries who need help with their daily needs. Brewer submitted billing claims to Medicaid stating she had performed personal care services for a specific Medicaid beneficiary from Dec. 31, 2012, to March 8, 2013. However, that beneficiary told investigators that Brewer did not provide services on many of the days for which Medicaid was billed.

Brewer is accused of defrauding the state’s Medicaid Program of $1,843.60.

Charges are merely accusations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

To report Medicaid fraud or abuse and neglect in nursing homes, call the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s tip line, (866) 810-0016.