Rutledge Adds Certified Officers to Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
June 19, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she has added sworn law enforcement officers to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, a first for the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office.
Rutledge also announced that the new officers have made their first arrests. On Friday, June 5, Donna Roberson, 62, of Pine Bluff, was arrested on two counts of Medicaid Fraud, both Class B felonies, and Lucy Blackmon, 34, of Pine Bluff, was arrested on one count of Medicaid Fraud, a Class C felony. On Thursday, June 18, the officers arrested Quashonna Evans, 27, of Little Rock, on one count of Medicaid Fraud, a Class C felony.
“I am committed to fighting fraud and protecting Arkansas’s most vulnerable and making sure they receive the care they deserve, which is why I made it a priority to strengthen the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at the Attorney General’s Office by adding certified officers,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “These officers greatly enhance an already successful unit and its enforcement capabilities as it goes after those who violate our laws. They will not only help combat fraud but will also go after those who abuse and neglect Arkansans residing in assisted living facilities and nursing homes.”
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, under the leadership of Deputy Attorney General Lloyd Warford, investigates and prosecutes violations involving Medicaid providers and the abuse or neglect of nursing home residents.
Medicaid fraud occurs when Medicaid providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled.