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    Rutledge Announces Arrest of Hot Springs Employee for Billing Medicaid for Family


    November 20, 2018

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of a Garland County woman for Medicaid fraud.

    Tonashae Echols, 33, of Hot Springs, is the Therapy Manager of Little Bitty City Therapeutic Services in Hot Springs and is accused of making false statements regarding her family’s income in order to receive Medicaid benefits for her children and billing Medicaid through the business for services provided to the children from November 2015 through July 2017. Following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office, Echols was arrested. She is charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, a Class B felony.

    “Echols is accused of lying to collect benefits she was not entitled to receive,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “When people cheat Medicaid, they steal from taxpayers and hurt a system designed to help the most vulnerable. I will not tolerate this behavior as the Attorney General.”

    An attorney with the Attorney General’s Office will be sworn in as Special Deputy Prosecuting Attorney by 6th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.

    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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