2012 News Releases

Chautauqua County woman pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud, mistreatment charges

Release Date: Jun 21, 2012

SEDAN – (June 21, 2012) – A Chautauqua County woman pled guilty Wednesday to charges of conspiracy to defraud the Medicaid program and mistreatment of a dependent adult, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Cheri Newman, 39, of Moline, entered the guilty pleas before District Judge Gary House in Chautauqua County District Court. Newman agreed to repay $9,743.04 in restitution to the Kansas Medicaid program. Sentencing is scheduled for August 8 at 1:30 p.m.

The charges stemmed from the defendant's conduct in providing home health care services to an individual in Chautauqua County over the course of several months. A second defendant also has been charged in connection with the matter, and those charges remain pending.

Assistant Attorney General Stefani Hepford of Schmidt's office prosecuted the case. The crime was investigated by the Sedan Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division.

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