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March 06, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – A Craighead County woman arrested as part of an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has been convicted of felony Medicaid Fraud, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today.

Amanda Fielder, 28, of Bono pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Wednesday to one count of Medicaid Fraud, a Class C felony. She was sentenced by Circuit Judge Leon Johnson to five years of probation. She was ordered to pay a $6,648 fine and $2,216.16 in restitution.

Fielder was arrested in January after investigators determined that she submitted false time sheets and received payment from Medicaid for services that she did not perform. Fielder lied about providing attendant-care services to a Medicaid beneficiary during the time period from Aug. 29, 2013, to Oct. 5, 2013. During that time, she lived 52 miles away from the beneficiary she purported to have assisted, and she had no transportation at that time.

The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates instances of Medicaid fraud and abuse or neglect in nursing homes in Arkansas. To report possible fraud, call the Unit’s hotline at (866) 810-0016.