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Attorney General's News Release

March 15, 2012

AG Koster charges Scott County Woman for Stealing from Nursing Home Residents

Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster and Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd have jointly filed criminal charges against Pamela Sue Smith, a Scott County woman who allegedly stole money from the resident trust account at the Miner Nursing Center in Miner, Missouri, where she was the bookkeeper.

The investigation, led by Koster’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, revealed that Smith allegedly misappropriated thousands of dollars from October of 2008 to August of 2010 by retaining cash deposits made by residents’ family members; keeping money from residents’ social security, retirement, or VA checks; and forging residents’ signatures.

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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