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Two Louisiana Women Arrested for Medicaid Welfare Fraud
BATON ROUGE, LA – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry today announced two more arrests made by his national award-winning Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. 

“In order to bring welfare fraudsters to justice, our MFCU often relies on the public’s help in exposing the crimes,” said General Landry. “So we once again encourage anyone who may know of people using the Medicaid program to illegally take money, services, or drugs to report it to our office.”

Margo Malone, 44 of Bossier City, was arrested on five counts of Medicaid Fraud for allegedly claiming to provide $19,089.58 of services to clients to whom she did not render services.

Cecilia Cheatteam, 36 of Harvey, was arrested on four counts of Medicaid Fraud for allegedly submitting timesheets and service logs for overlapping services on two clients – amounting to $10,425.06 paid by the Medicaid program for services not rendered.   

Following investigations by General Landry’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, both women were arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

To report Medicaid welfare fraud and/or neglect in residential care facilities – please call General Landry's Medicaid Fraud Hotline at 888-799-6885 or visit

Coming soon, the attorney's general office seeks to provide a mechanism by which to take online payments for collections.