BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced Friday that they have arrested two women accused of Medicaid fraud in two separate incidents.
According to Caldwell both women were arrested after investigations proved that both women billed the Louisiana Medicaid Program fort health-care services that were not performed.
32-year-old Latonia Edwards is accused of submitting false time-sheets and service logs claiming she performed in-home services for a client. During an investigation it was discovered that the client has living in a nursing home in Shreveport. Edwards billed Medicaid 31 times for the unperformed services and received over $1100 in compensation. Thursday Edwards was arrested and charged with one count of Medicaid fraud.
In another incident, authorities arrested 42-year-old Peatrice Richardson who is also accused of submitting false logs. Richardson indicated on service logs that she was providing services to Medicaid recipients when she was providing personal care to another Medicaid provider. Investigators say that Richardson double-billed on 18 different occasions between April 19, 2011 and January 2, 2012. She was arrested and charged with one count of Medicaid Fraud.
Both women have been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. If convicted, each woman could face up to five years in prison and be forced to pay up to $20,000 in fines.