July 6, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo.- Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Jasper County audiologist has been charged with 3 felony counts of Medicaid fraud. Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney Dean Dankelson joined Koster in filing the charges against Dana Opfer, 38, who is charged with submitting false reimbursement claims to Medicaid for audiology services she did not perform, with the intention to defraud the state and MO HealthNet.
Koster said his Medicaid Fraud Unit's review of Opfer's subpoenaed records and Medicaid claims found evidence of billing for services and hearing devices that were not provided. He said Opfer allegedly has fraudulently billed more than $12,000 to Medicaid.
Opfer is charged with three Class C felonies, punishable by up to 7 years in prison for each violation, plus penalties and restitution.
"One of my top priorities as Attorney General is to enforce our laws against those who cheat Missouri taxpayers by committing Medicaid fraud," Koster said. "We will continue to search for individuals who would perpetrate this kind of fraud, and to recover public money stolen from our health care system."
As in all criminal cases, the charges against the defendant are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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 e-mail the complaint.