June 2, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo.— Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Jefferson County woman has been arrested and charged with 11 felony counts of Medicaid fraud and one count of forgery. Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Forrest Wegge joined Koster in filing the charges against Kimberly Sue Vogelpohl, who is charged with submitting false reimbursement claims to Medicaid with the intention to defraud the state and MO HealthNet.
Koster said his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit led the investigation, which revealed that Vogelpohl participated in Medicaid’s Consumer Directed Services program from 2005 to 2007. During that time, Vogelpohl was responsible for hiring, training, and supervising her own personal care attendant. The complaint alleges that from June 2007 to October 2007, Vogelpohl did not receive personal care services, but forged timesheets to reflect that services had been provided. Vogelpohl submitted false claims to Medicaid for payment, with the total loss to Medicaid exceeding $6,300.
“One of my top priorities as Attorney General is to go after those who would cheat Missouri taxpayers by committing Medicaid fraud,” Koster said. “We will continue to search for the unscrupulous people who would perpetrate this kind of fraud and recover public money stolen from our health care system.”
Vogelpohl is charged with five Class C felonies, punishable by up to 7 years for each violation, plus penalties and restitution, and seven D felonies, punishable by up to 4 years for each violation, plus penalties and restitution.
As in all criminal cases, the charges against the defendant are allegations, 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 Department of Social Services’ Investigation Unit at at 573-751-3285, or e-mail the complaint to firstname.lastname@example.org. The department and the Attorney General’s office work together closely in the investigation and prosecution of Medicaid fraud.