MEDICAID FRAUD ARREST ANNOUNCED
LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that a Sebastian County health-care worker has been arrested for Medicaid fraud following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Sondra Torres, 34, of Fort Smith was arrested Wednesday on one count of Medicaid Fraud, a Class C felony. She was released from the Sebastian County Detention Center pending an initial court appearance in Pulaski County.
Torres is accused of fraudulently billing the Arkansas Medicaid Program for payment as an attendant-care provider to a Medicaid beneficiary. The beneficiary told investigators that Torres did not provide assistance during the time from July 14, 2013, to July 27, 2013. According to investigators, Torres billed Medicaid for services during that time period.
The Attorney General’s Office began its investigation of Torres after a referral from the Office of Medicaid Inspector General.
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 hotline at (866) 810-0016.