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Osawatomie woman pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud, agrees to repay $13,000

PAOLA – (March 25, 2013) – An Osawatomie woman pleaded guilty today to multiple charges related to Medicaid fraud, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Kerrie Goodell, 38, pleaded guilty to making a false claim to the Medicaid program, theft, conspiracy to make a false claim to the Medicaid program and forgery. Goodell agreed to pay $13,141.92 in restitution to the Kansas Medicaid program. Miami County District Judge Amy Harth accepted the pleas and scheduled sentencing for June 6 at 1:30 p.m.

Goodell was accused of assisting her boyfriend, Christopher Matthiesen, in a scheme to defraud the Kansas Medicaid program. Matthiesen obtained a false 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 by the fake personal care attendant.

Matthiesen was convicted by a jury in October for his role in the scheme.

Assistant Attorneys General John Bryant and Stefani Hepford 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 and the Osawatomie Police Department.