ZACHARY, LA (WAFB) - A 36-year-old woman from Zachary was arrested for defrauding the state's Medicaid program of thousands of dollars and laundering more than $100,000 through her business, officials say.
Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell reports that Sekari Washington Davis was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 25. A joint investigation revealed evidence that Davis fraudulently billed the Louisiana Medicaid Program for services that were not rendered.
"In one case, Davis paid a Medicaid recipient monthly kickbacks in return for signing up for personal care Medicaid services through Davis' company," Caldwell noted in a press release. "Over a 3-year period, Davis billed for services not performed, some during dates and times when she was actually out of state. She also billed for services during a time period in which the Medicaid recipient was incarcerated."
"A review of financial documents showed that Davis laundered money by transferring illegal proceeds from her corporate account into various other financial institutions," he added. "Davis also paid wages to ten convicted felons employed as direct service workers, who were ineligible to work for the Medicaid program under Louisiana law."
Last year alone, Davis' business billed the Louisiana Medicaid Program more than $885,000.
Davis was arrested and charged with 7 felony counts of criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, two counts of Medicaid fraud, 1 count of theft by fraud of $1,500 or more, 2 counts of filing or maintain false public records, and 1 count of money laundering $100,000 or more.
Davis was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Her bond is set at $30,000.
To report suspected cases of Medicaid fraud, contact the Louisiana Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 888-799-6885.