LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that a Crittenden County health-care worker has been arrested for Medicaid Fraud following an investigation by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Samantha Shelley, 28, of Marion, is accused of Medicaid Fraud, a Class C felony, for seeking payment from the Arkansas Medicaid program for work she did not perform. She was arrested Wednesday. She was released from the Pulaski County Detention Center on $2,500 bond.
Shelley worked as an independent contractor for Crittenden Adult Care Services. She provided in-home health-care services for Medicaid beneficiaries who receive outpatient assistance as an alternative to nursing home placement.
Shelley is accused of fraudulently submitting time sheets to Crittenden Adult Care Services seeking payment for time she allegedly worked on behalf of a Medicaid beneficiary. Investigators determined that Shelley's actions caused the Medicaid program to be defrauded of $846.38.
"Any time a health-care worker fraudulently bills Medicaid, it costs beneficiaries and the taxpayers who support this needed program," McDaniel said. "Our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates any type of fraud, or neglect and abuse in nursing homes, and I encourage anyone with information about Medicaid fraud to contact our office."
Investigators with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit began investigating Shelley earlier this year after a representative of Crittenden Adult Care Services notified the unit that they believed she had submitted time sheets for services she had not performed. Investigators talked to relatives of a Medicaid beneficiary who said that Shelley did not work on Saturdays and Sundays during the time period from Dec. 9, 2012, to Dec. 30, 2012, although she claimed to have done so.
Charges are merely accusations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
To report instances of Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in nursing homes, call the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud hotline, (866) 810-0016.