Four women and two men, all from Northeast Louisiana, face charges in a scheme to defraud the state’s Medicaid program, announced Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.
The six personal care attendants are accused of submitting timesheets to their employer claiming that they provided in-home caregiver services, such as cooking, cleaning, and bathing, to Medicaid patients on the same dates and times those patients were actually hospitalized.
“This outrageous assault on our tax dollars must stop,” Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said. “This office will continue to work closely with the Department of Health and Hospitals to ensure that fraud is rooted out and eliminated from the state’s Medicaid program.”
"Crimes like this rob taxpayer dollars and exploit vulnerable residents who depend on Medicaid for care," said DHH Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein. "We've greatly enhanced our claims screening processes to better catch people who are committing fraud, waste and abuse, and we will continue our work with the Attorney General to find and punish those responsible."
Agents from the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with assistance from the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office and Union Parish Sheriff’s Office, arrested and charged the following:
Mary Louise Trotter, 63, of 5383 Naff St. in Bastrop
Nikita Trishell Brownfield, 24, of 220 North Odom in Bastrop
Gustavia Glover, Jr., 56, of 731 Collinston Road in Bastrop
Jamiesha Janae Mason, 21, of 823 Spring St., Apt. 2, in Farmerville
Kelly Ray Turner, 53, of 123 W. Carter in Bastrop
Atekeya Oceanan Williams, 27, of 510 McCreight St. in Bastrop
The individuals were transported and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison today. Trotter, who turned herself in, was booked with six counts of Medicaid fraud, while the other five caregivers were booked with one count each of Medicaid fraud.
Personal care attendants are hired by Medicaid providers to render in-home services to physically handicapped or elderly Medicaid recipients. The personal care attendants keep service logs and records of hours worked with each client and submit the hours to the Medicaid provider for payment. In turn, the Medicaid provider submits the hours to the Medicaid program for payment of services rendered.
The charge of Medicaid fraud carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $20,000 fine, upon conviction.
To report suspected Medicaid fraud, please contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 1-888-799-6885.