Says, ‘I will continue to hold those accountable who exploit taxpayer dollars and steal from our State’s healthcare programs’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a civil lawsuit against Dr. Charles Todd, Jr., Karen Todd, and Conway Eye Care/Todd Eye Clinic seeking civil penalties following an investigation that they fraudulently billed the Arkansas Medicaid Program for more than four years by falsifying documents to commit Medicaid fraud. The lawsuit requests the Defendants pay $815,085.59 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program in addition to civil penalties.
“Arkansas’s Medicaid Program is essential and helps the most vulnerable Arkansans and I will not tolerate anyone taking advantage of it,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “I will continue to hold those accountable who exploit taxpayer dollars and steal from our State’s healthcare programs.”
Between March 2013 and September 2019, the Todds routinely billed for optometric services. Over that time period, they fraudulently received over $800,000 from more than 700 claims filed with the program. In September 2019, Arkansas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) received a fraud complaint alleging that Karen Todd had committed Medicaid fraud. MFCU reviewed the billing data from Todd Eye Clinic and Conway Eye Care, and found Dr. Todd had the highest Medicaid crossover paid amounts in Arkansas compared to other optometrist providers between 2015-2019.
In October 2019, Karen Todd was interviewed by MFCU staff and admitted to entering false information in the Medicare/Medicaid claims portal. She was aware that she was entering fraudulent amounts and that Charles Todd, Todd Eye Clinic, and Conway Eye Care were being overpaid. Karen Todd was arrested on October 17, 2019, and charged with one count of Class A felony Medicaid Fraud, in accordance with Ark. Code Ann. § 5-55-103.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.