LAWRENCE – (September 7, 2017) – A Douglas County woman was ordered this week to repay more than $11,000 to the Kansas Medicaid Program after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud-related charges, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Marquita Diane Hutcherson, 44, pleaded guilty in July in Douglas County District Court to one count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program, one count of theft and one count of unlawful acts concerning computers. On Tuesday, Judge B. Kay Huff ordered Hutcherson to repay $11,717.29 to the Kansas Medicaid Program. Judge Huff also sentenced Hutcherson to 36 months probation with an underlying jail sentence of 18 months. Convictions such as this one may 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 Hutcherson billed Medicaid for services provided as a personal care attendant for a beneficiary while also being employed by other businesses. The defendant also billed for services while the beneficiary was a hospital inpatient. The crimes occurred between 2013 and 2015.
The case was investigated by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division. Assistant Attorney General Ed Brancart of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case against Hutcherson.