January 24, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today Dana Opfer, a Jasper County audiologist, pled guilty to three felony counts of Medicaid fraud following an investigation by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Missouri Attorney General’s office. The case was prosecuted jointly by the Missouri Attorney General’s office and Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney Dean Dankelson. The guilty pleas were entered before Judge Gayle Crane in Jasper County.
Koster said his Medicaid Fraud Unit's review of Opfer’s subpoenaed records and Medicaid claims found evidence of billing for services and hearing devices that were not provided. He said Opfer fraudulently billed more than $12,000 to Medicaid.
Opfer will be sentenced on March 14. She faces up to 7 years in prison for each violation, plus penalties and restitution.
“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. “This kind of outrageous conduct steals medical resources that would otherwise be directed to truly needy Missourians. Those who would steal from Missouri taxpayers must understand that we will find you and prosecute to the fullest extent.”
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 at http://ago.mo.gov/divisions/medicaid-fraud-control-unit-faqs.htm.