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Rutledge Announces Arrest of Billing Clerk at Preferred Family Health for Medicaid Fraud


October 9, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of a former billing clerk at Preferred Family Health.

Vicki Chisam, 65, of Batesville, is accused of making false statements knowingly causing the Arkansas Medicaid Program to overpay Preferred Family Health from January 2015 to November 9 2015, totaling about $589,000. Following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office, Chisam turned herself in to the Independence County Sheriff’s Department. She is charged with one count of Medicaid Fraud, a Class B felony.

In June, Rutledge announced the arrest of former Preferred Family Health Director of Program Integrity and Director of Operations, Robin Raveendran, of Little Rock, for scamming the Arkansas Medicaid Program of $2.2 million related to the same scheme. Raveendran is also a former Senior Auditor with Arkansas’s Medicaid Program Integrity Unit. In August, Rutledge announced the arrest of former Preferred Family Health Director of Billing, Helen Balding for similar actions. Chisam is accused of being an accomplice to Raveendran, Balding and other individuals known and unknown to the Office of the Attorney General.

The MFCU was assisted in this investigation by the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General and will be prosecuted in cooperation with 16th Judicial District Prosecutor Holly Meyer.

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