August 4, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo.— Attorney General Chris Koster said that Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tracy Storie has sentenced Lorraine R. Kusior, a Mountain Grove licensed professional counselor, to serve five years of supervised probation and ordered her to pay restitution, civil penalties, and investigative costs totaling $29,036.00. As a special condition of probation, Kusior was ordered to refrain from participation in the Missouri Medicaid Program, and Kusior has permanently relinquished her Missouri Medicaid provider number.
On June 8, 2011, Kusior pled guilty to two felony counts of Medicaid Fraud stemming from false statements that she made in order to receive Medicaid payments. Kusior also pled guilty to a felony count of obstruction of a Medicaid fraud investigation and a felony count of stealing by deceit. Kusior admitted that she submitted false reimbursement claims to Medicaid for counseling services that she did not perform and submitted falsified patient records to the Attorney General’s Office in response to a document subpoena.
This case originated in Wright County but was ultimately transferred to Pulaski County on a change of venue. Koster thanked Wright County Prosecuting Attorney Jason MacPherson and Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman for their assistance and cooperation in this successful prosecution.
“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 recover public money stolen from our health care system.”
Koster encouraged citizens to 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.