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Chautauqua County woman found guilty of Medicaid fraud, mistreatment and animal cruelty charges

SEDAN – (November 27, 2012) – A Chautauqua County woman was found guilty last week on charges of Medicaid fraud, mistreatment of a dependent adult and animal cruelty, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Bonnie Newman, 61, of Moline, was found guilty by a Chautauqua County jury of one count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program, one count of mistreatment of a dependent adult and eight counts of cruelty to animals. Chief District Judge Roger Gossard presided over the trial in Chautauqua County District Court. Gossard scheduled sentencing for January 2, 2013, at 9 a.m.

The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Sedan Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud & Abuse Division. Local law enforcement and Adult Protective Services removed the defendant’s disabled adult daughter from her home in Sedan on March 5, 2009, due to unsanitary conditions. Numerous animals were also seized and removed from the defendant’s care. 

The defendant’s other daughter, Cheri Newman, pleaded guilty earlier this year to mistreatment of a dependent adult and conspiracy to defraud the Medicaid program. Cheri Newman was ordered to repay $9,743.04 to the Kansas Medicaid program.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Stefani Hepford and John Bryant from Schmidt’s office, with assistance from the Chautauqua County Attorney’s Office.