Rutledge Announces Medicaid Fraud Arrest of Oklahoma Man
April 1, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the arrest of an Oklahoma man by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Shawn Howard, 45, of Pocola, Oklahoma, was arrested on one count of Medicaid fraud. He is accused of billing for services not rendered between August 2014 and February 2015, totaling at least $2,500, a Class B felony.
Howard is currently being held in the Newton County jail, awaiting a transfer to the Arkansas Department of Correction, after pleading guilty for a murder last year related to the care of a Fort Smith Medicaid recipient.
The Attorney General’s office conducted the Medicaid fraud investigation in cooperation with the Office of the 12th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Shue, the Office of the 6th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley and the Fort Smith Police Department.
Medicaid fraud occurs when Medicaid providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money for which they are not entitled.