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Two more plead guilty in Southeast Kansas Medicaid fraud investigation

PARSONS – (May 21, 2012) – Two more individuals pled guilty today to charges of Medicaid fraud and were ordered to repay more than $23,000, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Becky Coda, 31, of Independence, pled guilty to three counts of unlawful acts relating to the Medicaid program, three counts of making false information, three counts of forgery, three counts of making a false claim to the Medicaid program, and three counts of conspiracy to commit theft. All of the charges were felonies. As part of Coda’s plea, she must serve 45 days in jail and repay $13,061.16 to the Kansas Medicaid Program.

Arron Grow, 21, of Altamont, pled guilty to unlawful acts relating to the Medicaid program, making false information, and three counts of theft. All charges were felonies. Grow’s plea agreement requires him to repay $10,266.48 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 cases. The cases were 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. Coda, a former employee of SKIL, submitted claims showing a co-defendant provided services as a personal care attendant for Medicaid beneficiaries, but never provided services. Coda also forged the beneficiaries’ names. Grow signed up to be a personal care attendant and submitted timesheets claiming to have provided services, but never provided the services. Grow also was signed up as a contractor to provide assistive services for numerous Medicaid beneficiaries, but he never provided the services.

Six defendants have now pled guilty to charges stemming from this investigation and been ordered to repay a total of more than $65,000. Charges against four other individuals are still pending.