Rutledge Announces Conviction of Independence County Woman for Medicaid Fraud
August 15, 2017
Says, ‘Not only was the patient harmed by not receiving care, but this type of fraud harms the entire Medicaid system’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a Batesville woman for Medicaid fraud. Karen Wilson pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay a $600 fine and court costs. Wilson paid $2,061 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund prior to entry of the plea.
“Karen Wilson routinely signed timesheets, seeking to be paid for care she never provided,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Not only was the patient harmed by not receiving care, but this type of fraud harms the entire Medicaid system. My staff of attorneys and investigators are working to investigate and prosecute this fraud across the state.”
Wilson, 48, of Batesville pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud, a Class A misdemeanor. Wilson billed the Medicaid program for services not rendered from June to August 2016.
The case was initiated by a referral from the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General and was prosecuted in coordination with the 6th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.
To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, complete the online form at ArkansasAG.gov, call the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.