Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced several Medicaid fraud convictions, one involving over-billing and two related to the abuse of an impaired Medicaid patient.
Here’s the press release from Rutledge:
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a northwest Arkansas woman on Medicaid fraud charges. A Pulaski County man and a Drew County man have also been convicted on abuse of an impaired person charges.
“Erin Oliver took advantage of a vital safety net for many Arkansans and Jimmie Bradley and Nicholas Stephens took advantage of a Medicaid recipient,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I will continue to hold those people accountable who abuse the Medicaid system and its patients. I will aggressively pursue and prosecute individuals who have committed fraud involving the use or misuse of Medicaid resources.”
Erin Oliver pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud in Pulaski County Circuit Court. She was sentenced to pay $71,857.60 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund and $1,000 in fines and court costs.
Oliver, 40, of Springdale, pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud, a Class C felony, for billing for services not rendered and at rates higher than those set by state law.
The Office of the Medicaid Inspector General assisted with the investigation and an attorney with the Attorney General’s Office was sworn in as Special Deputy Prosecuting Attorney by Sixth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.
Jimmie Bradley, 33, of Maumelle, and Nicholas Stephens, 33, of Monticello, both pleaded no contest to one count of abuse of an impaired person in Bradley County Circuit Court. Both men were sentenced to pay $500 in fines.
This case was referred to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit from the Office of Long Term Care. An attorney with the Attorney General’s Office was sworn in as Special Deputy Prosecuting Attorney by 10th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Deen.