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Southeast Kansas Medicaid fraud investigation yields two more guilty pleas

Release Date: May 15, 2012

PARSONS – (May 15, 2012) – Two more individuals pled guilty this week to charges of Medicaid fraud and were ordered to repay more than $13,000, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Teresa Corber, 39, of Independence, pled guilty Monday to two counts of unlawful acts relating to the Medicaid program, one count of making false information, one count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program, and one count of theft. All of the charges were felonies. Corber’s plea agreement requires her to repay $8,883.10 to the Kansas Medicaid Program.

Molly Musgrove, 58, of Independence, pled guilty Tuesday to one count of unlawful acts relating to the Medicaid program, one count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program, and one count of theft. All charges were felonies. As part of the plea, Musgrove is required to repay $4,271.60 to the Kansas Medicaid Program.

The pleas were accepted by Judge Robert J. Fleming in Labette County District Court. Assistant Attorney General Amanda Voth of Schmidt’s office is prosecuting the case. The case was investigated by the Kansas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division.

The charges stemmed from an investigation into home health care billings by several employees and independent care attendants who used Southeast Kansas Independent Living Center (SKIL) as their payroll agent. Corber submitted claims as a personal care attendant for Medicaid beneficiaries, but never provided services. Musgrove, a Medicaid beneficiary, submitted paperwork claiming to have received a bathroom remodel, but the remodel never took place.

Last week, Robert Hicks, 37, of Independence, and Jessica Hodge, 27, of Des Moines, Iowa, pled guilty to related charges. Six other individuals involved have been charged in the investigation. Those cases remain pending.

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