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April 3, 2012

Attorney General Koster reaches $217,000 settlement in Medicaid fraud case

Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster announced today that he has settled claims against Just What the Doctor Ordered, Inc. (JWTDO), and its owner/operator Teresa Linneman, for submitting false claims to Medicaid. The agreement requires Linneman and JWTDO to pay the state $217,562.64.

Koster said that JWTDO, located in Fayette, provides durable medical equipment and incontinence supplies for adults and children to Medicaid clients. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, JWTDO and Teresa Linneman have admitted criminal liability for billing Medicaid for more than 27,000 diapers that were never provided to Medicaid recipients. They have agreed to pay the MO HealthNet Fraud Reimbursement Fund $207,562.64 for restitution, damages, and penalties, plus another $10,000.00 to the MO HealthNet Fraud Prosecution Revolving Fund for the costs of the investigation.

The agreement also prohibits Teresa Linneman from billing Medicaid or having a financial interest or billing/coding responsibilities at any company that submits claims for reimbursement to Medicaid.

“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. “We will continue to search for individuals who would perpetrate this kind of fraud, and recover public money stolen from our health care system.”

The investigation into JWTDO’s actions began because of a tip provided to the Attorney General’s Office.

Koster encourages 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 attorney.general@ago.mo.gov 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.



 
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