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Kansas City woman pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud, drug charges

Release Date: Apr 25, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – (April 25, 2019) – A Kansas City woman last week pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud and related charges, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Jennifer Lynn Jones, age 28, pleaded guilty in Wyandotte County District Court to one count of Medicaid fraud, one count of felony possession of a controlled substance and one count of making false information. The charges stemmed from an investigation by the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division, which revealed that Jones stole prescription medications while working as a Certified Nurse Aide in a Wyandotte County nursing facility. The medications stolen by Jones were Oxycodone, an opioid classified by Kansas law as a Schedule II Controlled Substance. The crimes occurred in June 2018.

As a condition of the plea, Jones has agreed to voluntarily surrender her certification with the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services. District Judge Robert A. Martinez accepted the plea and scheduled sentencing for June 21 at 9 a.m.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Meghan Markey of Schmidt’s office.

Kansas filed the case as part of a sweep of Medicaid fraud enforcement actions involving the misuse of controlled substances by health care providers. As part of that effort, the Kansas attorney general filed criminal charges against ten individuals. Three of those individuals have now been found guilty. Seven additional cases remain pending.

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