MARION COUNTY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR MEDICAID FRAUD

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August 30, 2013

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that a Marion County health-care worker accused of billing the Arkansas Medicaid Program for services she did not provide has been arrested for felony Medicaid fraud.

Amanda Coker, 35, of Yellville, was arrested Thursday. She was being held in the Pulaski County Detention Center on $2,500 bond.

Coker is accused of fraudulently seeking Medicaid reimbursement for personal-care services that she claimed to have provided to a Medicaid beneficiary in mid-2011. A former housemate of Coker’s told an investigator with the Attorney General’s Office that Coker could not have rendered the services since she did not have a means of transportation at that time.

“Medicaid fraud of any kind harms the Medicaid program and the Arkansas taxpayers whose dollars support it,” McDaniel said. “We take this type of crime very seriously, and I encourage anyone who suspects Medicaid fraud or neglect or abuse in our State’s nursing homes to contact my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.”

Coker was alleged to have worked as an attendant to a Medicaid beneficiary for just a few days in May 2011. However, Medicaid records indicated that Coker billed the program for services spanning a period between May 10, 2011, and July 28, 2011. She is alleged to have received $3,831.73 as a result of the fraudulent claims.

Medicaid Fraud is a Class B felony.

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

To report suspected Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in nursing homes, call the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit hotline at (866) 810-0016 or visit www.ArkansasAG.gov.
 

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