Franklinton woman arrested for medicare fraud

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 12:08pm

Franklinton—A Franklinton woman has been arrested and charged with two counts of Medicaid fraud and two counts of filing or maintaining false public records, announced Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

Summer E. Simmons, 32, of 1129 Parker Street, surrendered to Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigators and the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday and was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on two counts of Medicaid fraud for filing false claims and two counts of filing or maintaining false public records. Simmons, a personal care attendant, submitted timesheets stating that she provided caregiver services, such as cooking, cleaning, and bathing, to a Medicaid patient on the same dates and times the patient was receiving treatment at a Bogalusa medical center and Covington hospital.

Personal care attendants are hired by Medicaid providers to care for physically handicapped Medicaid recipients. The personal care attendants keep service logs and records of hours worked with each client and submit the hours to the Medicaid provider for payment. In turn, the Medicaid provider submits the hours to the Medicaid program for payment of services rendered.

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

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