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Three women arrested for defrauding state's Medicaid program

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New Orleans -- Three Laplace women have been arrested in a Medicaid fraud scheme. D'Wan Jeanpierre-Nunnery, the program director of Family Resources Unlimited, a personal care agency was one of the three arrested. 

According to a release from the Attorney General's Office, Jeanpierre-Nunnery attempted to fraudulently obtain a Medicaid provider license by filing and maintaining false public records. She received workers' compensation coverage by submitting false information on a worker's compensation application. Jeanpierre-Nunnery then submitted the records, causing the fraudulent issuance of a Medicaid provider license. Her agency received more than $4 million in payments from the program between March 2012 and August 2013.

Also arrested were 56-year-old Catherine Marshall , the agency's executive director and 46-year-old Juliette Jones. Each were caused with three counts of Medicaid fraud and one count of criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud for their role in a false billing scheme aimed at defrauding the state's Medicaid program. Both women submitted false billing records stating that care was provided from their company to a mentally-disabled Medicaid recipient at the time when that patient was receiving care from another company, instead. The women falsely billed the Medicaid program at least 589 times, for an approximate amount of $11,085 in fraudulent payments.

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says, "This deceitful behavior is damaging to our reputable Medicaid providers and harms the patients they serve, all at the expense of Louisiana taxpayers.  Our message is loud and clear - if you cheat the system, you will get caught."

"Millions of taxpayer dollars are spent each year to care for those who truly need personal care services. They make it possible for individuals with disabilities to more successfully live in their communities with family members or alone," said DHH Chief Compliance Officer William Root. "Falsifying charges to Medicaid strips the system of integrity. We are committed to putting new mechanisms in place to help detect these kinds of cases and catching those who steal from Louisiana citizens."

The three women confessed to the crimes and were arrested on Monday. The women were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. 

 

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