2011 News Releases

Wichita woman sentenced to prison on Medicaid fraud charges

Release Date: Aug 08, 2011

WICHITA – (August 8, 2011) – A Sedgwick County Court has sentenced Sharon D. Echols, Wichita, to prison after she pled guilty to conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

Echols, age 53, was sentenced by Judge Douglas Roth to eight months in prison. However, Roth granted 12 months probation after Echols serves 30 days in jail as a condition of her probation. The State alleged that Echols signed timesheets for “home-based” services allegedly provided to her while she was in custody.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Amanda Voth from Schmidt’s office. The total loss to the Kansas Medicaid Program was $2,234.63, and restitution has been ordered. Sentencing for Echols’ son, co-defendant Robert T. Echols, is scheduled for August 11, 2011.

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