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Two plead guilty in Southeast Kansas Medicaid fraud investigation

Release Date: May 07, 2012

PARSONS – (May 7, 2012) – Two individuals pled guilty today to charges of Medicaid fraud and were ordered to repay nearly $30,000, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Robert Hicks, 37, of Independence, pled guilty to three counts of unlawful acts relating to the Medicaid program, six counts of making false information, three counts of theft and three counts of conspiracy to commit forgery. All the charges were felonies. As part of his plea, Hicks will serve 60 days in jail and pay restitution of $13,061.16 to the Kansas Medicaid Program.

Jessica Hodge, 27, of Des Moines, Iowa, pled guilty to six counts of making false information, two counts of theft, and four counts of conspiracy to make a false claim to the Medicaid program. All of these charges were also felonies. Hodge’s plea agreement requires her to repay $15,932.88 to the Kansas Medicaid Program.

The pleas were accepted by Judge Robert J. Fleming in Labette County District Court. Assistant Attorney General Amanda Voth of Schmidt’s office is prosecuting the case.

The charges stemmed from an investigation into home health care billings by several employees and independent care attendants who used Southeast Kansas Independent Living Center (SKIL) as their payroll agent. Hicks and Hodge submitted claims as personal care attendants for Medicaid beneficiaries, but never provided services. Charges against eight other individuals involved in the investigation are still pending.

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