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Attorney General's News Release

December 6, 2011

Attorney General Koster says Greene County woman to be tried for Medicaid fraud

Springfield, Mo.— Attorney General Chris Koster said today the Associate Circuit Court of Greene County held a preliminary hearing and found probable cause to try Angela Deanne Adams, 40, on six felony counts of Medicaid fraud.

Koster’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit conducted the investigation, which revealed that Adams worked as a “personal care attendant” through Southwest Center for Independent Living under Medicaid’s Consumer Directed Services (CDS) program. Personal care attendants providing services under the CDS program are paid to assist Medicaid recipients with bathing, dressing, and cleaning their homes in order to enable elderly or disabled recipients to continue to live independently.

The complaint alleged that Adams caused claims to be submitted to Medicaid for personal care services that could not have been provided, as records indicate Adams was working at another job during the times that she claimed to have provided in-home services. Additionally, the MFCU identified dates when Adams caused claims to be submitted for payment to Medicaid representing that she provided in-home personal care services, but the Medicaid recipient was actually in the hospital.

Adams’ arraignment is set for December 16 at 8:30 a.m.

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 provider fraud or abuse and neglect to his Medicaid Fraud Hotline toll free at 800-286-3932, e-mail the complaint or complete a complaint form.

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