LEAVENWORTH – (October 31, 2019) – A Leavenworth woman has been ordered to repay more than $6,400 to the Kansas Medicaid Program after being found guilty of Medicaid fraud-related charges, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Ena Louise Mathis, 53, pleaded guilty in September in Leavenworth County District Court to one felony count of Medicaid fraud and one felony count of committing a computer crime. Leavenworth County District Judge Michael Gibbens yesterday ordered Mathis to repay $6,425.41 to the Kansas Medicaid Program. Judge Gibbens also sentenced Mathis to 24 months probation with an underlying prison sentence of 16 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 by the Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division revealed Mathis submitted false claims to the Medicaid program to pay for in-home assistance for a Medicaid beneficiary during times when the beneficiary was in a hospital or a resident in a nursing facility. In total, Mathis falsely billed the Medicaid program for $6,425.41 over an interactive computer system used by the Medicaid program. The crimes occurred between July 28, 2016, and January 31, 2017.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Ed Brancart of Schmidt’s office.