Rutledge Marks Record Year for Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
January 12, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) investigated more cases in 2015 than ever before, with 108 new investigations. Previously, the unit opened an average of 81 criminal cases per year, with the most cases in one year being 104.
Investigators worked with local prosecutors to ensure 26 criminal convictions, 13 Medicaid fraud convictions and seven long-term care convictions. A total of nine personal care attendants were convicted in 2015. One nurse and two nursing aides were convicted in abuse and neglect cases. The MFCU obtained $173,000 in nursing home abuse and neglect settlements and an additional $475,647.40 from Arkansas’s share of global settlements, agreed upon by the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units.
“The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit did incredible work last year to successfully protect Medicaid recipients across Arkansas,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The team worked tirelessly to combat fraud and hold those accountable who abuse and neglect Arkansans residing in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. I am committed to protecting Arkansas’s most vulnerable and making sure they receive the respectful and professional care they deserve.”
In June, Rutledge reclassified four positions in the unit to certified law enforcement officers, marking the first time the MFCU has included law enforcement officers.
The MFCU opened 18 and closed seven drug diversion cases in 2015. One conviction resulted in charges of possession of controlled substance(s) where the defendant was sentenced to three years of probation, $1,000 in fines, and $545 in other costs.
Medicaid fraud occurs when Medicaid providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled. To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in nursing homes, call the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Hotline at (866) 810-0016.