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Lenexa woman pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud, agrees to repay more than $88,000

Release Date: Oct 27, 2017

OLATHE – (October 27, 2017) – A Lenexa woman pleaded guilty yesterday to Medicaid fraud, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Kerri Jo Hall, 48, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of making a false claim to the Medicaid program. As part of the plea, Hall agreed to pay $88,880.25 in restitution to the Kansas Medicaid program. Johnson County District Court Judge Charles Droege accepted the plea and scheduled sentencing for December 20 at 10:15 a.m.

An investigation revealed that Hall billed Medicaid for mental health therapy provided to several eligible Medicaid recipients but did not keep records as required by the Medicaid program to document and support the billings. The recipients were interviewed and most denied receiving services or only received a portion of the services claimed by Hall. As a social worker, Hall was to provide mental health services for eligible beneficiaries. Hall was accused of billing 1,157 hours between January 2012 and January 2015 for services without the required documentation.

Assistant Attorney General Alma Heckler of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case. The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division.

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