Wichita woman ordered to repay $41,000 for Medicaid fraud

WICHITA (KSNT) — On Friday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said that a Wichita woman has been ordered to repay over $41,000 to the Kansas Medicaid Program after pleading “no contest” to charges related to Medicaid fraud.

In July in Sedgwick County District Court, 59-year-old Joyce Ann Spencer made that plea to one count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program. On Friday, Judge Eric Yost ordered Spencer to pay $41,386 to the Kansas Medicaid Program in addition to a 24 months probation sentence.

Convictions like this also lead to a period where the defendant cannot receive wages through a government healthcare program.

An investigation revealed that while Spencer was working as a care attendant for three different Medicaid consumers between May 2009 and Oct. 2013, she fraudulently billed Medicaid as though she was providing services for each of the three consumers simultaneously — something that is not possible.

The case was the sixth in Operation No Show, which is an effort to crack down on those who take advantage of federal and state-administered healthcare services provided in Medicaid beneficiaries’ homes. Operation no Show is a cooperative between the attorney general’s office and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Office of Inspector General. More than $308,000 in restitution payable to Kansas Medicaid has been ordered due to the effort.

Other joint investigations are ongoing.The cases are being jointly investigated by federal and state authorities and prosecuted by the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division.

Assistant Attorney General Stefani Hepford of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case against Spencer.

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