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September 13, 2013

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that a Medicaid beneficiary and two of his associates have been arrested for allegedly conspiring to defraud the Arkansas Medicaid Program of nearly $17,000.

Robert Lee Miller, 47, and Robin Shuntell Morris, 25, both of Morrilton, and Tracey Denise Miller, 28, of West Memphis were each arrested for one count of felony Medicaid fraud following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

The three are accused of a scheme in which Robert Miller, a Medicaid beneficiary, identified Morris and Tracey Miller as his personal health-care attendants, and the state Medicaid program was billed for their services.  Though they did not perform the services, Morris and Tracey Miller received payment from Medicaid. They are accused of then turning over most of that money to Robert Miller, and, in several instances, Robert Miller is accused of fraudulently filing timesheets and directly taking the payments for himself.

“Medicaid dollars are intended to meet the health-care needs of beneficiaries who need assistance, not be used in an underhanded scheme to steal taxpayer money,” McDaniel said. “Beneficiaries and providers alike should know that our office will investigate and arrest those who would attempt to commit Medicaid fraud.”

Robert Miller was part of Medicaid’s Independent Choices program, in which beneficiaries can directly employ attendants to assist them.

Tracey Miller is alleged to have received checks from Medicaid from May 2009 to January 2010 and signed them over to Robert Miller. In return, Robert Miller paid her $50 per check, even though she performed no work. Robert Miller is accused of continuing to submit bills to the Medicaid program using Tracey Miller’s identification and name from February 2012 to March 2013.

According to investigators, Robin Morris was paid for services from March 2010 to January 2012, and although 21 checks were paid in her name, only two were signed and cashed by her. Timesheets for Morris were submitted by Robert Miller, with Miller signing both his and Morris’ name.

Robert Miller was arrested for Class B felony Medicaid Fraud. He is accused of defrauding Medicaid of $16,869.01.

Morris and Tracey Miller are both accused of Class C felonies. Morris is alleged to have made $527 in fraudulent claims and Tracy Miller $1,632.08.

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