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    Rutledge Announces Medicaid Fraud Convictions


    February 8, 2016

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the convictions of a Pulaski County man and a Dallas County, Texas, man for Medicaid fraud. The two men pleaded guilty in unrelated cases in the Pulaski County District Court. Each will serve one year probation and pay restitution and fines totaling over $3,000. 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 combat fraud in the Medicaid system,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Medicaid fraud special investigators work 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. Those attempting to defraud Arkansans will be held accountable.”

    Myron Thrash, 36, of Mabelvale pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud, a Class A misdemeanor. Thrash billed the Arkansas Medicaid Program for services that were not rendered. He paid $846 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund and was fined $600.

    Deandre Taybore, 32, of Desoto, Texas, pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud, a Class A misdemeanor. Taybore billed the Arkansas Medicaid Program for services he did not provide. He paid $1,242 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund and was fined $600.

    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 oag@arkansasag.gov.

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