March 17, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo.— Attorney General Chris Koster said today that Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Robert G. Wilkins has ordered Kimberly Vogelpohl to be placed on probation for a term of five years stemming from a felony plea to two counts of Medicaid fraud and one count of forgery. In addition to the normal conditions of probation, Judge Wilkins ordered Vogelpohl to serve a period of 15 days shock detention in the county jail and to pay $6,340.56 restitution to the Missouri Medicaid Program.
Vogelpohl participated in Medicaid's Consumer Directed Services program, a program that allows qualified persons to obtain routine in-home personal care services (e.g., bathing, cleaning, and meal preparation), as well as transportation services. The purpose of the program is to provide home-based services to eligible individuals who wish to remain in their homes. In this program, Vogelpohl was responsible for hiring, training, and supervising her own personal care attendant. Koster’s investigators established that from June 2007 to October 2007, after Vogelpohl’s personal care attendant quit, Vogelpohl falsified timesheets to reflect that more than 450 hours of services had been provided to her and kept the payments for herself. Vogelpohl submitted false claims to Medicaid for payment, resulting in a 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. “This type of shameful and unlawful action takes medical care away from those who truly need it. I believe this is a just sentence that will serve as a warning to others that we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the 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 to email@example.com or complete a complaint form at the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Website.