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Pretty Prairie woman sentenced on health care fraud charges

TOPEKA – (July 2, 2013) – A Pretty Prairie woman has been ordered to repay $50,242 and will serve one month in federal prison followed by 13 months in community confinement after being convicted of health care fraud and mail fraud, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Lupe Adela Mains, 46, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court by Judge Julie Robinson.

The charges stemmed from an investigation into Medicaid guardian care payments and U.S. Railroad Retirement Board payments received by Mains from October 2007 through March 2009. During that time period, Mains received payments intended for the care of her disabled sister. An investigation showed that during that time, Mains’ sister was residing with another family member and Mains did not use the money for her sister’s care. The loss to the Medicaid program totaled $27,123. The Railroad Retirement Board had paid Mains $23,119.

Assistant Attorney General Stefani Hepford of Schmidt’s office and Assistant U.S. Attorney General Tanya Treadway prosecuted the case. The case was investigated by the Kansas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division with assistance from the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board.