Rutledge Announces Medicaid Fraud Arrests Involving Falsified Documents and Stolen Hydrocodone
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of a Cross County woman for Medicaid fraud and a Pulaski County woman for fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance.
Tamika Rucker, 35, of Wynne, is accused of charging for services not rendered and falsifying timesheets from February through May 2016. Following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office, Rucker was arrested. She is charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, a Class C felony.
This case was referred to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit by the Office of Medicaid Inspector General.
Jill Riley, 55, of Sherwood, is accused of stealing hydrocodone pills while working at a North Little Rock facility in July 2018. Following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office, Riley was arrested. She is charged with one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, a Class C felony.
“Medicaid is an important safety net for many Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I will continue to investigate and hold those accountable who steal medications and abuse the system.”
Medicaid fraud occurs when providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled. To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.