Personal care services owner accused of Medicaid fraud

Ruth Smith (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Ruth Smith (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The owner of a personal care service business has been charged multiple counts of Medicaid fraud.

The Office of the Louisiana Attorney General said Ruth Smith, 36, of Zachary turned herself in to authorities Thursday.

She faces eight counts of Medicaid fraud. She owns Heavenly Hands Personal Care Services in Baker.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said Smith billed Louisiana's Medicaid program for services she did not perform.

The program states personal care agencies provide caregiver services to handicapped or elderly Medicaid patients. The services include cooking and bathing.

Investigators said the alleged violations happened between January 2012 and August 2012.

She was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

If convicted of Medicaid fraud, she faces up to five years in prison and fines up to $20,000 on each count.

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