MS Woman Arrested on Fraud Charges

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - An elderly Mississippi woman has been arrested on fraud charges as part of an investigation involving Arkansas officials.

Clotee Downs, 79, of Clarksdale, was taken into custody this week by the Clarksdale Police Department on two counts of health care fraud, Class B felonies, and two counts of Medicaid fraud, Class C felonies. 

A news release from the office of Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge states that Downs’ arrest follows the apprehension of Pearlie Bailey, 63, of Hollandale, Mississippi, Charline Brandon, 61, of Cleveland, Mississippi and Debra Stewart, 59, of Helena.
 
The four are accused of fraudulently billing for services not rendered and for providing false information for the purpose of requesting payment from a health plan, totaling almost $290,000 from March 2011 to January 2017. This case was referred to the Arkansas Attorney General’s office by the Mississippi Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and is part of an ongoing investigation with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General.      
 
Medicaid fraud occurs when providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled. To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or oag@arkansasag.gov


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