INDEPENDENCE– (August 12, 2015) – A Madison woman was ordered today to pay more than $10,000 in restitution related to Medicaid fraud, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Kristy Hamilton-Janssen, 42, was ordered by Judge Gary House to pay $10,292 in restitution to the Kansas Medicaid program. Judge House also sentenced Hamilton-Janssen to 24 months probation with an underlying sentence of 24 months in prison and 12 months post release supervision.
The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division which revealed that in August and November of 2009 Hamilton-Janssen fraudulently billed Medicaid for durable medical equipment that was never delivered. In May, Hamilton-Janssen pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful acts relating to the Medicaid program. A co-defendant, Walter Gibson, of Independence, was convicted in 2013 in Montgomery County District Court of related crimes against the Medicaid program.
This case was part of a larger investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division into home health care billings by several employees and independent care attendants who used Southeast Kansas Independent Living Center (SKIL) as their payroll agent. In total, 14 defendants — including Hamilton-Janssen — have been ordered to repay more than $126,000 to the Kansas Medicaid program.
Hamilton-Janssen also has multiple Medicaid fraud charges pending against her in Labette County District Court. Her next scheduled court appearance there is September 15. Charges are merely accusations. Individuals are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Assistant Attorney General Stefani Hepford of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the Montgomery County case against Hamilton-Janssen. The attorney general’s office also is prosecuting the Labette County charges.