Three Zachary women have been arrested and charged with Medicaid fraud for filing false claims, announced Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.
All three women were arrested on Wednesday by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with assistance from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. As personal care attendants, each submitted timesheets stating they provided services for Medicaid recipients on the same dates and times that they were actually working for another Personal Care Services agency.
• Frankie C. Hinton, 36, of 241 E. Plains Port Hudson, was booked on two counts of Medicaid fraud, one count of filing or maintaining false public records, and one count of cruelty of the infirmed.
• Bettie Hinton Lusk, 55, of 241 E. Plains Port Hudson, was booked on three counts of Medicaid fraud.
• Ferdonia L. Jones, 22, of 21112 Samuels Road, #61, was booked on three counts of Medicaid fraud.
Personal care attendants are hired by Medicaid providers to care for physically handicapped 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.
To report suspected Medicaid fraud, please contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 1-888-799-6885.