MARION COUNTY WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MEDICAID FRAUD
LITTLE ROCK – A Marion County woman pleaded guilty today to felony Medicaid fraud for billing the state’s Medicaid program for services she did not provide, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced.
Amanda Coker, 36, of Yellville was convicted in Pulaski County Circuit Court on one count of Medicaid Fraud, a Class B felony. Special Circuit Judge John Plegge sentenced Coker to five years of probation. She was ordered to pay a fine of $10,357.95 and restitution of $3,452.65.
Coker was arrested last year after an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
“Arkansas taxpayers and Medicaid beneficiaries should not be required to pay for someone's lies,” McDaniel said. “I’m pleased to see that the Medicaid program will be reimbursed by this individual, and I hope this conviction sends a message that Medicaid fraud of any kind will not be tolerated.”
Coker fraudulently sought Medicaid reimbursement for personal-care services that she claimed to have provided to a Medicaid beneficiary in mid-2011. Coker's former housemate 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.
Although Coker worked as an attendant to a Medicaid beneficiary for just a few days, she billed the Medicaid program over a period of two months.
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.