September 20, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. — Attorney General Chris Koster said today that Pemiscot County Circuit Court Judge Fred Copeland sentenced Kristi M. Smith, a provisionally licensed professional counselor in Caruthersville, to five years of supervised probation and ordered her to pay restitution, civil penalties, and investigative costs totaling $15,280.00. During her probation, she is not permitted to be a Medicaid provider.
On July 19, 2011, Smith pled guilty to one count each of Medicaid fraud, forgery, and stealing by deceit. Smith admitted that she submitted claims for payment to Medicaid for children’s counseling services she did not perform. Smith also admitted that she presented documents with forged signatures as genuine in order to support the fraudulent claims.
“As Attorney General, one of my top priorities is to catch and prosecute those who steal from Missouri taxpayers by committing Medicaid fraud,” Koster said. “We will uncover and prosecute individuals who commit Medicaid fraud, and we will recover the 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 email@example.com or complete a complaint form at the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Website.