October 18, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster today announced that Angela Deanne Adams, of Greene County, pled guilty on October 4, 2013 in the Circuit Court of Greene County to four counts of Medicaid fraud. Adams was ordered to complete five years of supervised probation and to pay restitution totaling $3,342.27, plus court costs and fees.
An investigation by the Missouri Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit revealed that Adams billed Medicaid for her work as a personal care attendant with Southwest Center for Independent Living of Springfield. Adams admitted to submitting claims to Medicaid for personal care services that she did not provide. Evidence from the investigation showed that she was working at another job during the times she claimed to have provided the in-home services.
The Attorney General's Office assisted Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson in the case. Each of the four counts of Medicaid fraud is a Class C felony. Adams’s sentence is suspended as long as she completes the five years of supervised probation and pays restitution and other legal costs in-full.
"Medicaid fraud steals from Missouri taxpayers and deprives vulnerable Missourians of needed health care resources," said Koster. "My office will continue to aggressively prosecute cases of Medicaid fraud."
The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit conducts fraud and abuse/neglect investigations on health care providers receiving payments from the Missouri Medicaid program. Since Koster took office, the unit has obtained more than $200 million in judgments and recoveries for the state. Suspected Medicaid fraud should be reported to the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control unit at 1-800-286-3932 or online.