Attorney General Announces Medicaid Fraud Convictions
July 30, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the convictions of a Jefferson County woman and a Mississippi County woman for Medicaid fraud. The two women pleaded guilty in unrelated cases in the Pulaski County Courts. Each will serve a period of probation and pay restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program and fines totaling over $7,000. Additionally, the Medicaid fraud convictions will be reported to federal authorities and may result in the defendants being excluded from participation as providers in the Medicaid and Medicare program for a period of up to 10 years.
“These convictions demonstrate the commitment of the Attorney General’s Office to combatting fraud in the Medicaid system,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Medicaid fraud special investigators are working to detect individuals and organizations that are scamming the system or failing to provide all appropriate care to patients and clients dependent on the Arkansas Medicaid program.”
On Tuesday, Lucy Blackmon, 34, of Pine Bluff pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud, a Class A misdemeanor. Blackmon billed the Arkansas Medicaid Program for home health services while the patient was in the hospital. She was ordered to pay restitution of $233.28 and fines totaling $1,199.84.
On Wednesday, Linda Hunt, 55, of Blytheville pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud, a Class C felony. Hunt billed the Arkansas Medicaid Program for services she did not provide. She was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay $5,318.25 in restitution and $918.75 in fines. She paid $5,000 of the restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Trust Fund at the time of sentencing.