December 3, 2009
Jefferson City, Mo.- Attorney General Chris Koster said today that Kevin Wayne Louderback, a Springfield insurance broker, has pleaded guilty to 12 felony counts related to Medicaid fraud. Koster said Louderback misappropriated more than $700,000 from Medicaid.
According to Koster, Louderback furnished applications with false information to the Missouri HIPP program, a Medicaid program that pays for the private health insurance premiums for certain individuals with high medical costs. He represented that the monthly insurance premium rates were greater than they actually were and then pocketed the overpayment. Koster said Louderback also offered a kickback to people to get them to enroll in an insurance program, fraudulently misstated an insurance company's rate, and then forged documents to set out the false rate.
"One of my top priorities for this Attorney General's office is to prosecute those who are cheating Missouri's Medicaid system," Koster said. "This kind of fraudulent conduct steals health-care resources that would otherwise be directed to truly needy Missourians. We will continue to dedicate our resources to root out health-care fraud in our state."
Louderback pleaded guilty to 5 counts of Medicaid fraud, 1 count of offering a kickback to receive a Medicaid payment, 4 counts of insurance fraud, and 2 forgery counts.
Louderback is a prior and persistent offender, having pleaded guilty in December 2000 in Laclede County to the felony of Passing a Bad Check and in June 2004 in Greene County to the felony of Stealing. As a prior and persistent offender, Louderback could be sentenced to an extended prison term when he faces sentencing February 26.
Koster said citizens should report suspected Medicaid fraud to the Attorney General's Office Medicaid fraud hotline at 800-286-3932, to the Department of Social Services' Investigation Unit at 573-751-3285, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Koster commended members of his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for their work on the case.