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September 11, 2012

Attorney General Koster obtains four guilty pleas in Medicaid fraud cases in Texas County

Jefferson City, Mo.— Attorney General Chris Koster said today his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, along with Texas County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Anderson, has obtained four guilty pleas from a Medicaid recipient and her three personal care attendants in Texas County who were involved in a scheme to submit false timesheets to Medicaid.

“I have made prosecuting Medicaid fraud a major priority from my first day as Attorney General,” Koster said. “That’s why we have begun aggressively seeking criminal convictions, prison sentences, and have now returned more than $200 million to the Medicaid program.”

Carolyn A. Koenig received consumer-directed in-home services through Medicaid and worked with three of her personal care attendants to submit false timesheets for reimbursement from Medicaid. Each of the four has now pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud, a class C felony, and two of the attendants also pleaded guilty to stealing, a class C felony. Specifically:

  • Carolyn Koenig pleaded guilty to two counts of Medicaid fraud in Texas County and was sentenced to five years’ probation by Texas County Judge Douglas D. Gaston. She was also ordered to pay a civil penalty of $5,000 and can no longer be a recipient or provider of consumer-directed services under the Missouri Medicaid program. If she violates the terms of her probation, she faces a sentence of four years in the Department of Corrections.
  • Alethea Stemick was sentenced Tuesday for her guilty plea last June to one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of Stealing by Deceit. Judge John D. Wiggins sentenced Stemick to four years on each count, to run concurrently, with execution of those sentences to be suspended pending successful completion of five years’ supervised probation. She was ordered to pay $1,008 in restitution and can no longer work as a provider of Medicaid services.
  • Casie Koenig pleaded guilty to two counts of Medicaid fraud on July 11. The case was heard in Phelps County on a change of venue from Texas County. She was placed on five years of supervised probation by Texas County Judge Mary Sheffield. She was also ordered to pay $2,815 in restitution and can no longer work as a provider of Medicaid reimbursable services. If she violates the terms of her probation, the court may, at its discretion, sentence her to up to seven years in the Department of Corrections.
  • Melinda Alterauge pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of Stealing by Deceit on July 3 in Texas County. She was placed on five years of supervised probation by Texas County Judge Mary Sheffield. She was also ordered to pay $1,613 in restitution and can no longer work as a provider of Medicaid services. If she violates the terms of her probation, the court may, in its discretion, sentence her to up to seven years in the Department of Corrections.

Koster also thanked Texas County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Anderson, who prosecuted the case with him, for his assistance throughout the four cases.



 
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