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Chanute woman ordered to repay more than $3,000 for Medicaid fraud

Release Date: Aug 04, 2016

CHANUTE  – (August 4, 2016) – A Chanute woman was ordered yesterday to repay more than $3,000 to the Kansas Medicaid Program after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud-related charges, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Lisa Deweese, 25, pleaded guilty last month in Neosho County District Court to one count of unlawful acts relating to the Medicaid program. Judge Daryl Ahlquist ordered Deweese to repay $3,685.19 to the Kansas Medicaid Program. Judge Ahlquist also sentenced Deweese to 12 months probation with 12 months post release supervision. Convictions such as this one may also result in a period during which the defendant is prohibited from being paid wages through a government health care program.

An investigation revealed that Deweese billed Medicaid for personal care services for her mother that were not actually provided because Deweese was incarcerated. The defendant was arrested and jailed in at least four different county jails during the time period she claimed to have provided the one-on-one services. The crimes occurred between March 2010 and June 2012.

Assistant Attorney General Alma Heckler of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case against Deweese.

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