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Olathe woman pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud, agrees to repay more than $6,400

Release Date: Sep 01, 2017

OLATHE – (September 1, 2017) – An Olathe woman pleaded guilty yesterday to Medicaid fraud, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Connie Ferreira, 61, pleaded guilty to one felony count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program. Ferreira agreed to pay $6,460.14 in restitution to the Kansas Medicaid program. Johnson County District Court Judge Timothy McCarthy accepted the plea and scheduled sentencing for November 9 at 9 a.m.

An investigation revealed that Ferreira billed Medicaid for in-home services provided as a personal care attendant to an eligible Medicaid recipient when he was out of the home. As a personal care attendant, Ferreira was to provide home care services including bathing, meal preparation and housekeeping. Ferreira was accused of billing 760 hours between May 2012 and February 2014 for in-home services even though the recipient was out of the home.

Assistant Attorney General Alma Heckler 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.

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