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    Rutledge Announces Jonesboro Woman Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud


    June 13, 2017

    Says, ‘Paula Riggs not only harmed the Medicaid program, but her theft threatens the livelihood of those Arkansans who depend on the program'

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a Craighead County woman for Medicaid fraud. Paula Riggs pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to three years probation. She will pay $200 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program and a $600 fine and court costs in the criminal case. Riggs also agreed to pay a civil judgment of $36,268.76 for restitution and civil penalties of $16,964.88 resulting from false claims she submitted to the Arkansas Medicaid Program.

    “Paula Riggs not only harmed the Medicaid program, but her theft threatens the livelihood of those Arkansans who depend on the program," said Attorney General Rutledge. “The Attorney General’s office is committed to investigating and prosecuting individuals like Paula Riggs who commit Medicaid fraud threatening the system set up to protect those in need.”

    Riggs, 49, of Jonesboro pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud, a Class C felony, for billing the Arkansas Medicaid Program for services not rendered as a speech language pathologist with the Bay School District and billing in excess.

    The case was initiated by a referral from the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General and was prosecuted in coordination with the 6th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.

    To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, complete the online form at ArkansasAG.gov, call the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or email oag@arkansasag.gov.

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