N.O. woman arrested for Medicaid fraud

N.O. woman arrested for Medicaid fraud

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A New Orleans woman is accused of illegally billing the Louisiana Medicaid Program for health-care services that were not performed.

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell today announced the arrest of 41-year-old Katrina Tyler.

She is charged with a single count of Medicaid fraud after allegedly submitting false time sheets and service logs claiming she performed in-home care services for a Medicaid beneficiary.

Caldwell says Tyler was working as a direct care service worker, hired by a Medicaid provider to care for physically handicapped or elderly Medicaid recipients. Direct care service workers provide caregiver services such as cooking, grooming and bathing.

If convicted, Tyler could face up to five years in prison and pay as much as $20,000 in fines.

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