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    Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Arrests Pulaski County Woman

    September 10, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the arrest of a Pulaski County woman by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

    Cheri Bates-West, 38, of Maumelle was arrested on three felony controlled substance violations after investigators determined she administered substitute narcotics and drugs to residents of Lakewood Nursing and Rehab in North Little Rock and retained the prescribed medications for her own use. Bates-West was booked into the Pulaski County Jail and is being held on a $15,000 bond.

    Bates-West was also charged with two additional outstanding warrants – a felony for failure to appear in Logan County and fraud for insufficient funds from the Sherwood Police Department.

    Medicaid fraud occurs when Medicaid providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money or products to which they are not entitled.

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