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State prosecutors arrest 2 caregivers over Medicaid payments

State prosecutors arrest 2 caregivers over Medicaid payments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State prosecutors say two caregivers in unrelated cases have been accused of illegally billing for Medicaid services not done.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says 64-year-old Elaine Breaux, from Raceland, was arrested Monday and booked with a single count of Medicaid fraud. She allegedly submitted time sheets and service logs with overlapping service hours and billed them to the Louisiana Medicaid Program.

Separately, Debra Ann Jones, a 50 year-old from Natchitoches, also faces one count of Medicaid fraud for allegedly submitting overlapping time sheets and service logs. Jones was arrested last week.

Caldwell says both women worked as care-service workers, whose services include cooking, grooming and bathing Medicaid recipients.

Each woman faces up to five years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.

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