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5/9/2012 12:00:00 AM
Gramercy Woman Charged with Medicaid Fraud and Forgery

A Gramercy woman has been arrested and charged with defrauding the state’s Medicaid Program, announced Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

Linda D. Bourgeois, 53, of 1530 Rose Lane was charged with violating Louisiana laws against Medicaid Fraud and Forgery. Bourgeois, a personal care attendant, defrauded the state through the Louisiana Medicaid Program by causing fraudulent claims to be submitted and forging another’s signature on required service documents in order to obtain greater compensation.

The Louisiana Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) opened an investigation based on allegations that Bourgeois caused fraudulent claims to be submitted to the Medicaid program for services from May 25, 2009, through June 21, 2009. The investigation revealed that Bourgeois added fraudulent hours to her time sheets on 19 separate occasions. In addition, Bourgeois forged the signature of the Medicaid recipient on five separate occasions that were not authorized. Bourgeois was not providing the services to the Medicaid recipient as indicated on the false and forged time sheets.

Bourgeois surrendered to MFCU Agents on Monday and was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. To report suspected Medicaid fraud, please contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 888-799-6885.


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