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Special needs teacher faces charges after accusations of billing fraud

Source: East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office Source: East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A service worker was arrested after authorities say she billed the state for services she allegedly did not provide.

Joy Washington, 52, of Baton Rouge was arrested and faces four counts of Medicaid Fraud after the Louisiana Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated December 2014 allegations that she was not providing services to a Medicaid recipient.

Washington was the victim's ESS special needs teacher at Baton Rouge Magnet High School. Because the mother of the victim was afraid Washington would retaliate against her child at school, she signed the time sheets and service logs while standing outside of the child's home, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Authorities were given more than a year’s worth of service logs and time sheets signed by Washington, but the victim says the suspect did not provide any services during that time.

During their investigation, authorities say they found 72 occasions where Medicaid was being billed for services that were allegedly not done.

East Baton Rouge Parish officials say $13,601 was given fraudulently to Washington.

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