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Yellville Woman Arrested for Felony Medicaid Fraud

Marion County health care worker accused of billing Arkansas Medicaid Program for services she did not provide.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A Marion County health care worker was arrested Thursday for felony Medicaid fraud.

According to Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, 35-year-old Amanda Coker, of Yellville, is accused of billing the Arkansas Medicaid Program for services she did not provide.

McDaniel says Coker is accused of fraudulently seeking Medicaid reimbursement for personal-care services that she claimed to have provided to a Medicaid beneficiary in mid-2011. A former housemate of Coker’s told an investigator with the Attorney General’s Office that Coker could not have rendered the services since she did not have a means of transportation at that time.

“Medicaid fraud of any kind harms the Medicaid program and the Arkansas taxpayers whose dollars support it,” McDaniel said in a news release. “We take this type of crime very seriously, and I encourage anyone who suspects Medicaid fraud, or neglect, or abuse in our State’s nursing homes, to contact my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.”

Coker was alleged to have worked as an attendant to a Medicaid beneficiary for just a few days in May 2011. However, Medicaid records indicated that Coker billed the program for services spanning a period between May 10, 2011 and July 28, 2011. She is alleged to have received $3,831.73 as a result of the fraudulent claims, according to McDaniel.

Medicaid fraud is a class B felony.

To report suspected Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in nursing homes, call the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit hotline at (866) 810-0016 or visit www.ArkansasAG.gov.
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