Topeka woman pleads guilty to health care fraud

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka woman has pleaded guilty to committing health care fraud while operating a business that was licensed to provide day and residential services to developmentally disabled adults.

The U.S. attorney’s office says in a news release that 45-year-old Kristina Hansel entered the plea Monday. Through her plea, she admitted to billing Medicaid for services that weren’t provided while she owned Achieve Services.

The release says she also admitted that in one case she withheld medical treatment from a patient and directed others to help her cover up medication overdoses so licensing authorities wouldn’t learn of the problem.

Sentencing is set for April 17. The prosecution and defense have agreed to recommend two years and six months in prison and restitution of more than $480,000.


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