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

Release Date: May 05, 2016

CHANUTE – (May 5, 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.

Nancy Jayne Collins, 54, pleaded guilty in January in Neosho County District Court to one count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program. Judge Daryl Ahlquist yesterday ordered Collins to repay $3,685.19 to the Kansas Medicaid Program. Judge Ahlquist also sentenced Collins to 12 months probation with an underlying jail sentence of 10 months and 12 months post-release supervision.

An investigation revealed that Collins and her daughter, Lisa Deweese, who was her personal care attendant, continued to bill Medicaid for personal care attendant services while both of them were incarcerated several times. The crime occurred between March 2010 and June 2012. Related charges against Deweese remain pending in Neosho County. Charges are merely accusations. Individuals are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case was investigated by the attorney general's Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division. Assistant Attorney General Alma Heckler of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case against Collins.

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