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Medicaid Fraud, Pittsburg Sisters Ordered To Repay $3,000

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says a pair of Crawford County sisters were ordered to repay $3,116.83 to the Kansas Medicaid program.

During an investigation, the attorney general's Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division found that 47-year-old Melissa Forbes had billed the Kansas Medicaid program as the personal care attendant for her sister, 43-year-old Amanda Forbes, to provide home-based care services. They billed the home-based care services during periods while either Melissa or Amanda was behind bars in the Crawford County Jail.  The crimes happened between January 2015 and October 2016.

The women each pleaded no contest in March 2018 to one felony count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program and one felony count of conspiracy to make a false claim to the Medicaid program.

The sisters were found guilty and on May 22nd, 2018, Judge Curtis I. Loy ordered them to repay $3,116.83 to the Kansas Medicaid program and sentenced each defendant to 24 months of probation. The Forbes sisters could also be prohibited from being paid wages through a government health care program for a period of time.

Assistant Attorney General Alma Heckler of Schmidt's office prosecuted the case.

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