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Iola man ordered to repay $7,000 for Medicaid fraud

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An Iola man was ordered today to repay $7,000 to the Kansas Medicaid Program after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud-related charges, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Kim Alan Laymon, 53, pleaded guilty in September in Neosho County District Court to one count of theft. Judge Daryl Ahlquist today ordered Laymon to repay $7,000 to the Kansas Medicaid Program. Judge Ahlquist also sentenced Laymon to 12 months probation with an underlying sentence of seven months in prison. Convictions such as this one also result in a period during which the defendant is prohibited from being paid wages through a government health care program.

An investigation revealed that Laymon billed Medicaid for personal care attendant services for a consumer in Iola while working at another job in Chanute. The consumer did not receive the services. The crime occurred between March and December 2013.

The case was part of “Operation No Show,” a cooperative effort between the attorney general’s office and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Office of Inspector General to investigate fraudulent billing to Medicaid for personal care services provided in Medicaid beneficiaries’ homes. Today’s sentencing brings to a close the ninth case in this joint effort to crack down on those who take advantage of these federal and state administered healthcare programs. More than $342,000 in restitution payable to the Kansas Medicaid program has been ordered as a result of these efforts.

Other joint investigations are ongoing. The cases are being jointly investigated by federal and state authorities and prosecuted by the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division. Assistant Attorney General Alma Heckler of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case against Laymon.

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