FREDONIA – (May 24, 2012) – Two Fredonia women pled no-contest today to charges of Medicaid fraud and will repay nearly $5,000 to the Medicaid program, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Deborah Diehl, 50, and Carolyn Kegg, 68, each pled no-contest to unlawful acts relating to the Medicaid program, making a false claim to the Medicaid program and theft. All of the charges were felonies. As part of the plea, the defendants must pay $4,868.96 in restitution to the Kansas Medicaid program. Judge David Rogers accepted the pleas today in Wilson County District Court. Sentencing is scheduled for June 28 at 4 p.m.
The State alleged that Diehl signed up to be a personal care attendant for her mother, Kegg. At various times when Diehl was submitting Medicaid claims for providing services for her mother, either she or Kegg were in the hospital or nursing homes.
Assistant Attorney General Amanda Voth of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the cases. The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division investigated the crimes.