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AG Derek Schmidt charges 10 with Medicaid fraud, related crimes

Release Date: Sep 26, 2018

TOPEKA – (September 26, 2018) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today announced that his office has charged 10 individuals in seven counties with Medicaid fraud and related charges as part of an enforcement sweep.

The criminal charges against the 10 defendants allege that while working as a nurse, a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) or a Certified Medication Aide (CMA), the individuals committed Medicaid fraud, stole narcotics and/or mistreated dependent adults while the defendants were working in health care facilities or board-and-care facilities that receive Medicaid funding. The cases filed were as follows:

  • State v. Jamie Rodriguez; Sedgwick County Case No. 2018-CR-002624-FE; Charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, one count of theft, two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance, one count of felony making a false information and one count of felony mistreatment of a dependent adult.
  • State v. Catherine Mary Santaniello; Johnson County Case No. 18-CR-02641; Charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, one count of battery and two counts of felony mistreatment of a dependent adult.
  • State v. Ashley Elizabeth Chavez; Norton County Case No. 18-CR-000058; Charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, one count of theft, two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance and one count of felony mistreatment of a dependent adult.
  • State v. Janelle Lynn Sakakihara; Doniphan County Case No. 2018-CR-000076; Charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, three counts of felony mistreatment of a dependent adult and three counts of battery.  
  • State v. Jennifer Lynn Jones; Wyandotte County Case No. 2018-CR-000988; Charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, one count of theft, one count of felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and one count of felony making a false information.
  • State v. Jessica Jo Washington; Sedgwick County Case No. 2018-CR-002617-FE: Charged with two counts of Medicaid fraud, one count of theft, one count of felony possession of a controlled substance and one count of felony mistreatment of a dependent adult.
  • State v. Melissa Ann Seiber: Sedgwick County Case No. 2018-CR-002623-FE: Charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, one count of theft and one count of felony possession of a controlled substance.
  • State v. Jillian Mallory McCorkendale; Miami County Case No. 2018-CR-000158: Charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, one count of theft, one count of felony possession of a controlled substance and one count of felony mistreatment of a dependent adult.
  • State v. Nicole Pechanec: Butler County Case No. 2018-CR-000440: Charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, one count of theft, one count of felony possession of a controlled substance, one count of felony mistreatment of a dependent adult and one count of forgery.
  • State v. Erin Grae Whitlow; Wyandotte County Case No. 2018-CR-000996: Charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, one count of felony possession of a controlled substance and two counts of felony mistreatment of a dependent adult.

All criminal charges are merely accusations. Individuals are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The cases were filed as part of a statewide sweep by the attorney general’s office cracking down on illegal and harmful activity in Kansas facilities that receive Medicaid funding.

 

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