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Two sentenced, one pleads on Medicaid fraud charges

PARSONS – (March 12, 2013) – Two Southeast Kansas women were ordered yesterday to repay more than $25,000 after pleading guilty to charges of Medicaid fraud, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. An Independence man also pleaded guilty to related charges.

Tammy Pease, 40, Parsons, was sentenced Monday in Labette County District Court. Judge Robert J. Fleming ordered Pease to repay $10,350.84 to the Kansas Medicaid Program. Pease pleaded guilty in January to charges of unlawful acts relating to the Medicaid program and felony theft.

Paula Wilkens, 52, Independence, was ordered to repay $14,959.04 to the Kansas Medicaid program after pleading no contest to unlawful acts relating to the Medicaid program, making a false claim to the Medicaid program and conspiracy to make a false claim to the Medicaid program. Fleming also presided at Wilkens’ sentencing.

Richard Dennany, 63, Independence, pleaded no contest to charges of conspiracy to make a false claim to the Medicaid program, making a false claim to the Medicaid program and two counts of unlawful acts relating to the Medicaid program. Judge Jeff Jack accepted the pleas and scheduled sentencing for April 22 at 1 p.m.

Assistant Attorney General John Bryant of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the cases. The cases were investigated by the Kansas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division.

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.

Eleven defendants have now been found guilty of charges stemming from this investigation and been ordered to repay more than $109,000.