Personal care attendant charged with Medicaid fraud for false claims

Monday, November 5, 2012 - 4:15pm

A Raceland woman has been charged with Medicaid fraud for filing false claims, announced Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

Laketia M. Thomas, 23, surrendered to investigators from the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit last Thursday. She was transported and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of Medicaid fraud.

Thomas, a personal care attendant, submitted false timesheets to her employer claiming that she provided personal care services to a Medicaid patient at the patient’s home on the same dates and times the patient was being cared for by family members. This resulted in the Medicaid program being falsely billed for services that were never rendered.

Personal care attendants are hired by Medicaid providers to care for physically handicapped or elderly Medicaid recipients. They provide caregiver services such as cooking, grooming, and bathing.

If convicted of Medicaid fraud, Thomas could face up to five years in prison and pay up to $20,000 in fines.

To report suspected Medicaid fraud, please contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at (888) 799-6885.

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