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20 Arrested in New Orleans for Medicaid Fraud

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - The Louisiana Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) this week arrested 20 personal care attendants as part of a crackdown on provider fraud in the New Orleans area.

“We are sending a message loud and clear to those who steal from our taxpayers and prey on our most poor and vulnerable citizens— Medicaid fraud and abuse will not be tolerated,” said Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

MFCU agents initiated an investigation after receiving a citizen tip reporting potential personal care service fraud.  Investigators learned that the personal care attendant being accused of fraudulent activity was servicing a recipient living at a senior residential facility in New Orleans.  Many other elderly residents living at the same housing complex are eligible for personal care services rendered through private provider agencies that bill the Louisiana Medicaid Program.

The senior housing facility operates a 24-hour security desk that required all visitors, including personal care attendants, to sign in and out.   After comparing service logs submitted to the to the provider agencies by the personal care attendants to sign-in and sign-out sheets, MFCU investigators were able to identify numerous attendants from four different Medicaid provider agencies who cheated the Medicaid program by submitting fraudulent claims for payment to the Louisiana Medicaid Program for services that were never rendered.  MFCU agents estimate the total fraud to the Medicaid Program at $150,000 over the span of about a year.

Personal care attendants are hired by Medicaid providers to care for physically handicapped and disabled Medicaid recipients. The personal care attendants keep service logs and records of hours worked with each client and submit the hours to the Medicaid provider for payment. In turn, the Medicaid provider submits the hours to the Medicaid program for payment of services rendered.

“This week’s roundup would not have been possible if not for the help of the Orleans, Jefferson and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriffs’ Offices.  With this heightened level of cooperation, our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is achieving great results,” said Caldwell.

The investigation remains ongoing, and additional arrests are possible.

The following individuals were arrested with assistance from the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s office and booked into the Orleans Parish Prison on 4/14/14:

 

Tonisha A. Ambeau, DOB 5/10/1977

4658 Cerise Ave, New Orleans, LA 70127

Personal Care Attendant for Courteous Care, Inc.

5 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Johnsie M. Bradford, DOB 1/5/1985

5545 Pasteur Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70122

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

6 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Kiyanta R. Branch, DOB 9/24/1978

6316 Spain St., New Orleans, LA 70122

Personal Care Attendant for About Healthcare Services, Inc.

2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Bertha A. Charles, DOB 6/10/1980

8501 I-10 Service Road Apt. 11B, New Orleans, LA 70127

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

4 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Yolanda K. Duncan, DOB 9/2/1967

2522 Leonidas St., New Orleans, LA 70118

Personal Care Attendant for About Healthcare Services, Inc.

6 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Denise T. Hingle, DOB 8/28/1959

2425 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA 70127

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

4 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Shawn M. Johnson, DOB 3/23/1981

7030 South Dupree, New Orleans, LA 70122

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

4 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Sydnee B. Jolla, DOB 10/15/1987

3430 West St. Roch, New Orleans, LA 70122

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

6 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Catherine E. Lee, DOB 5/31/1960

2407 General Pershing St., New Orleans, LA 70115

Personal Care Attendant for Courteous Care, Inc.

2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Regina Matthews, DOB 6/7/1960

4319 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70112

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

6 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Mikkeshia A. Ricard, DOB 12/19/1985

1043Atlantic Ave., New Orleans, LA 70114

Personal Care Attendant for Positive Care, LLC

2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Betty L. Sanders, DOB 2/9/1958

4624 Stephen Girard, New Orleans, LA 70126

Personal Care Attendant for Courteous Care, Inc.

6 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Cherie V. Simmons, DOB 10/20/1987

2930 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70126

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

3 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Moniqusha M. Simmons, DOB 7/10/1984

10151 Curran Rd., New Orleans, LA 70127

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Tiffany N. Davis, DOB 11/8/1984 (Arrested 4/15/14)

3712 Garden Oaks Dr. New Orleans, LA 70126

Personal Care Attendant for About Healthcare Services, Inc.

2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Melissa S. Williams, DOB 5/14/1980,

8540 Huntington Park, New Orleans, LA 70127

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

3 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Latrice A. Woods, DOB 4/27/1983

2130 Cadiz St., New Orleans, LA 70115

Personal Care Attendant for About Healthcare Services, Inc.

2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

 

The following individuals were arrested with assistance from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office and booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on 4/14/14:

 

Shantrelle T. Boothe, DOB 3/20/1978

13 Megehee Court, Waggaman, LA 70094

Personal Care Attendant for About Healthcare Services, Inc.

6 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Sandra A. Jackson, DOB 3/12/1968

1141 Caramadelle St., Marrero, LA 70072

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

3 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Ariane M. Jones, DOB 12/29/1989

1136 Pailet Ave., Harvey, LA 70058

Personal Care Attendant for About Healthcare Services, Inc.

2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

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