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Osawatomie man convicted of Medicaid fraud, identity theft

PAOLA – (October 18, 2012) – An Osawatomie man was convicted Wednesday on multiple charges related to a Medicaid fraud scheme, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Christopher Matthiesen, 38, was convicted by a Miami County jury of one count of identity theft, four counts of identity fraud, one count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program and 37 counts of forgery. All charges were felonies. District Court Judge Amy L. Harth presided over the trial. Harth scheduled sentencing for November 29 at 11 a.m.

The State alleged that Matthiesen obtained a Social Security card and student identification card and used those documents to create a new identity as a personal care attendant. He then submitted time sheets to the Kansas Medicaid program claiming hours of service were provided to him by the fake personal care attendant. The total loss to the Kansas Medicaid program was $13,141.92.

Assistant Attorneys General Stefani Hepford and John Bryant of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case. The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division.