November 2, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo.- Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Jefferson County woman has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of Medicaid fraud and one felony count of forgery. Kimberly Sue Vogelpohl admitted to causing false claims for reimbursement to be submitted to Medicaid for payment.
Koster's 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. From June 2007 to October 2007, Vogelpohl did not receive personal care services, but falsified timesheets to reflect that more than 450 hours of services had been provided. Vogelpohl submitted false claims to Medicaid for payment, resulting in a total loss to Medicaid exceeding $6,300.
Circuit Judge Robert G. Wilkins set Vogelpohl's sentencing for February 1, 2011.
Koster said citizens should report suspected Medicaid provider fraud or abuse and neglect to his Medicaid Fraud Hotline toll free at 800-286-3932, e-mail the complaint to firstname.lastname@example.org or complete a complaint form at the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Website.
"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 people who would perpetrate this kind of fraud and recover public money stolen from our health care system."