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July 3, 2012

Attorney General Koster says Sikeston woman pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud -- ordered to repay $37,000 stolen from residents --

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster and Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd have obtained a felony guilty plea from Pamela Sue Smith, a Sikeston woman who admitted to stealing money from the resident trust account at the nursing home where she was the bookkeeper.

Smith pleaded guilty to two felony counts of stealing from the resident trust account at the Miner Nursing Home in Sikeston and was ordered to repay more than $37,000. Smith repaid $37,134.78 in misappropriated funds and was sentenced by the Scott County Circuit Court to five years on each count, to be served concurrently. The five-year sentence was suspended on the condition that Smith successfully completes probation.

“Protecting the state’s Medicaid Fund and those who receive Medicaid services is one of my top priorities,” Koster said. “We will continue to take action against those who abuse their positions of trust in the system.”

Koster said citizens should report suspected Medicaid provider fraud or abuse and neglect to his Medicaid Fraud Hotline toll free at 800-286-3932, by e-mail at attorney.general@ago.mo.gov, by completing 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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