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Hutchinson man ordered to repay more than $11,000 for Medicaid fraud

Release Date: Jan 18, 2018

LYONS – (January 18, 2018) – A Hutchinson man was ordered 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.

Roger Alan Bowling, 60, pleaded guilty in November in Rice County District Court to one felony count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program. Judge Mike Keeley yesterday ordered Bowling to repay $11,126.73 to the Kansas Medicaid Program. Judge Keeley also sentenced Bowling to 36 months probation with an underlying jail sentence of five 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.

Bowling served as a power of attorney to a dependent adult in a nursing home in Sterling. An investigation revealed that Bowling intentionally executed a scheme to defraud Medicaid by concealing the dependent adult’s assets and enrolling them in the Medicaid program to pay for nursing home costs. Bowling ultimately spent the concealed assets on himself. The crimes occurred between June 2013 and April 2014.

Assistant Attorney General Ed Brancart of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case against Bowling.

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