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Officials terminate non-profit from state Medicaid program following indictment

From left, Melanie Duplechain, Ada Craige-Roberson and Rickey Roberson (FOX 8) From left, Melanie Duplechain, Ada Craige-Roberson and Rickey Roberson (FOX 8)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) -

The state health department terminated a non-profit from the state Medicaid program because of a federal indictment.

Alternatives Living, Inc. was the subject of FOX 8's "Living Large" investigations.

Friday's indictment accused Rickey Roberson, his wife Adacraige-Roberson, and her mother Melanie Duplechain of conspiracy and theft of federal funds.

The three operate New Orleans-based Alternatives Living, which claims to provide affordable housing for elderly, the homeless, and people suffering from mental disabilities.

IN DEPTH: In 2015, FOX 8 uncovered that the three defendants spent tens of thousands from the non-profit's bank account on meals, cars and trips.

Friday's indictment accused the family of using federal funds to pay for football tickets and a vacation cruise.

The department will immediately take steps to transition individuals who receive services from Alternatives Living to other providers in the area and ensure their personal safety and medical, social and housing support needs are appropriately met. 

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