WICHITA – (August 21, 2015) – A Wichita woman was ordered today to repay more than $41,000 to the Kansas Medicaid program after pleading no contest to Medicaid fraud-related charges, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Joyce Ann Spencer, 59, pleaded no contest in July in Sedgwick County District Court to one count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program. Judge Eric Yost today ordered Spencer to repay $41,386 to the Kansas Medicaid Program in addition to sentencing her to 24 months probation. Convictions such as this one also result in a period during which the defendant is prohibited from being paid wages through a government health care program.
An investigation revealed that Spencer, while employed as a care attendant for three different Medicaid consumers, fraudulently billed Medicaid as though she was providing services for each of the three simultaneously which was not possible. The crimes occurred between May 2009 and October 2013.
The case was part of “Operation No Show,” a cooperative effort between the attorney general’s office and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Office of Inspector General to investigate fraudulent billing to Medicaid for personal care services provided in Medicaid beneficiaries’ homes. Today’s sentencing brings to a close the sixth case in this joint effort to crack down on those who take advantage of these federal and state administered healthcare programs. More than $308,000 in restitution payable to the Kansas Medicaid program has been ordered as a result of these efforts.
Other joint investigations are ongoing. The cases are being jointly investigated by federal and state authorities and prosecuted by the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division. Assistant Attorney General Stefani Hepford of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case against Spencer.