Siblings Cleveland and Barbara Smith have been arrested for a scheme aimed at falsely billing the state’s Medicaid program, announced agents with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU).
With assistance from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, MFCU agents yesterday arrested 49-year-old Barbara Jean Smith, of 9245 Cedar Court Drive in Baton Rouge, on two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Medicaid Fraud. Her arrest comes after the July 2 arrest of her older brother, 50-year-old Cleveland Smith, also of 9245 Cedar Court Drive in Baton Rouge, on two counts of Medicaid Fraud. Both were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish prison.
Cleveland Smith was employed as a personal care attendant, providing in-home care services to his sister, Barbara, from Nov. 2013 through Jan. 2014. Through an investigation, it was learned that on numerous occasions Cleveland falsely billed the Louisiana Medicaid Program for personal care services performed on his sister during the dates and times she was not actually home. Agents allege that Barbara signed-off on service logs submitted by Cleveland to the Louisiana Medicaid program for payment. Witnesses confirmed that Barbara was actually providing private sitting services to others outside of her home, and that the private sitting shifts overlapped with the times that Cleveland was reportedly rendering Medicaid personal care services to her.
To report suspected cases of Medicaid Fraud, contact the Louisiana Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 888-799-6885.