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December 10, 2013

LITTLE ROCK – A Pulaski County woman accused of defrauding the Arkansas Medicaid program of more than $92,000 has been arrested for felony Medicaid fraud, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today.

Frenchelle Chapple, 61, of Little Rock was arrested Monday following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. She was released from the Pulaski County Detention Center on $2,500 bond.

Chapple, also known as Frenchelle Conley, operates Great Expectations Developmental Center in Little Rock. According to investigators, Great Expectations Developmental Center filed 1,063 fraudulent claims for speech pathology services allegedly provided to Medicaid beneficiaries under age 21. The total amount fraudulently billed was $92,606.97.

“We expect to prove in court that this company falsely billed Medicaid by claiming it had provided speech therapy to children and youth when, in fact, money was being taken illegally from taxpayers for the personal benefit of the company’s owner,” McDaniel said. “We will continue to work diligently to investigate instances of Medicaid fraud across the state.”

Investigators found that Great Expectations submitted claims to Medicaid for payment for speech-therapy services allegedly provided by three speech pathologists over several months in 2012 and 2013. All three individuals, who had previously worked for Great Expectations, told investigators that they did not provide speech therapy to any Medicaid beneficiaries during that time period nor did they authorize the company to bill Medicaid on their behalf.

Money received from the false claims was deposited into a bank account controlled by Chapple and used for purchases of gas, groceries, fast food and clothing, according to investigators.

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

To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in nursing homes, call the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud hotline, (866) 810-0016.