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Shawnee County woman ordered to repay $2,700 for Medicaid fraud

Release Date: Feb 01, 2021

TOPEKA – (February 1, 2021) – A Shawnee County woman has been ordered to repay more than $2,700 in restitution to the Kansas Medicaid Program after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud-related charges, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Jessica Kay Maple, 32, of Topeka, pleaded guilty in December in Shawnee County District Court to one count of Medicaid fraud. On Friday she was sentenced by Shawnee County District Court Judge Steven R. Ebberts to pay $2,707.29 to the Kansas Medicaid Program and to serve 12 months of probation.

The case stemmed from an investigation by the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division of Schmidt’s office, which revealed that between November 1, 2016, and January 24, 2017, Maple submitted false claims to the Medicaid program by falsely asserting that she provided in-home services to a Medicaid beneficiary. Special agents from the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division were able to determine that Maple was at locations other than the beneficiary’s residence when she claimed to be providing services.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Kyle Edelman of the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division.

The following statement about the Kansas Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is required by the federal government: The Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division in the Attorney General’s Office receives 75 percent of its funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under a grant award totaling $2,393,844 for Federal fiscal year (FFY) 2021. The remaining 25 percent, totaling $797,945 for FFY 2021, is funded by the Office of the Kansas Attorney General from moneys recovered in litigation.

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