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Bel Aire nurse convicted of 12 counts of Medicaid fraud

WICHITA – (May 31, 2013) – A Bel Aire woman was convicted today on multiple charges related to a Medicaid fraud scheme, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Caela M. White-Kinchion, 48, was convicted by a Wichita jury in U.S. District Court of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and eleven counts of health care fraud. All charges were felonies. She was acquitted on one additional count of health care fraud. U.S. District Court Judge J. Thomas Marten presided over the trial. Marten scheduled sentencing for August 26 at 10 a.m.

White-Kinchion was a co-conspirator in a scheme to bill the Kansas Medicaid Program for health care services that were never provided. The eleven guilty counts of health care fraud included fraudulent billing amounts in excess of $700,000.

Deputy Kansas Attorney General Loren Snell, Assistant Kansas Attorney General Stefani Hepford and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Treadway prosecuted the case. The charges stemmed from a joint investigation by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.