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Tangipahoa Parish women arrested in Medicaid fraud investigation

Attorney General: Kentwood women busted in fraud investigation Attorney General: Kentwood women busted in fraud investigation
BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) -

Attorney General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell announced Tuesday that five Kentwood women have been arrested for their roles in a scheme to defraud the Louisiana Medicaid program.

Bonnie Simmons, 64, of 22434 Highway 1056, was arrested Monday evening by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and charged with two counts of felony Medicaid fraud. 

According to Caldwell, Simmons is a Medicaid recipient who was receiving in-home services from a Hammond personal care agency.

Investigators say she conspired with two direct care service workers to bill the Medicaid program for services not rendered.

She allegedly agreed to sign false time sheets and service logs indicating that the workers provided care seven days a week and, in return, the workers agreed to share their paychecks with Simmons.

Simmons is also responsible for another Medicaid recipient, whom she used to further implement the scheme. 

Simmons is accused of signing false time sheets and service logs claiming that four direct care service workers provided in-home care seven days a week to the other recipient.

The four workers then, according to Caldwell,  provided Simmons with a portion of their funds.

Endia R. Perry, 24, of 78048 Troby Elzie Road, and Shastian C. Dyson, 27, of 23348 Dyson Lane, were arrested and charged with two counts of felony Medicaid fraud for submitting false time sheets and service logs indicating they provided care to Simmons and the Medicaid recipient for whom she was responsible.  

Angela Sims, 37, of 70491 Dyson Road, and Miadonica Moore, 35, of 77380 Brab Alford Road, were arrested and charged with one count of felony Medicaid fraud for submitting false time sheets and service logs indicating they provided care only to the Medicaid recipient for whom Simmons was responsible.  

Perry, Dyson, Sims and Moore were working as direct care service workers, hired by Medicaid providers to care for physically handicapped or elderly Medicaid recipients.

Direct care service workers provide caregiver services such as cooking, grooming and bathing.

Each count of Medicaid fraud is punishable by up to five years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.
 
All five women were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

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