NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL DEREK SCHMIDT
Independence man ordered to repay $13,000 for Medicaid Fraud
INDEPENDENCE – (January 8, 2014) – An Independence man was ordered Tuesday to repay more than $13,000 to the Kansas Medicaid program after pleading no contest to charges of Medicaid Fraud, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Walter Gibson, 43, was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $13,292.19 to the Kansas Medicaid program by Judge Gary House in Montgomery County District Court. House also sentenced Gibson to 24 months of probation with an underlying sentence of 18 months in prison. Gibson pleaded no contest in November to charges of aiding a felon, making a false statement to the Medicaid program, unlawful acts relating to the Medicaid program and computer crimes.
The crimes were discovered during an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division into home health care billings by several employees and independent care attendants who used Southeast Kansas Independent Living Center (SKIL) as their payroll agent. So far, 12 defendants have been found guilty of charges stemming from this investigation. These defendants have been ordered to repay more than $116,000. Charges remain pending against two additional defendants.
Assistant Attorney General John Bryant of Schmidt’s office is prosecuting the cases.