Woman ordered to repay more than $11000 for Medicaid fraud – KWCH

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KWCH) A Douglas County woman ordered to repay more than $11,000 to the Kansas Medicaid Program after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud-related charges.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says 44-year-old Marquita Diane Hutcherson pleaded guilty in July in Douglas County District Court to one count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program, one count of theft and one count of unlawful acts concerning computers.

On Tuesday, Judge B. Kay Huff ordered Hutcherson to repay $11,717.29 to the Kansas Medicaid Program.

Judge Huff also sentenced Hutcherson to 36 months probation with an underlying jail sentence of 18 months.

Convictions such as this one may 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 Hutcherson billed Medicaid for services provided as a personal care attendant for a beneficiary while also being employed by other businesses.

The defendant also billed for services while the beneficiary was a hospital inpatient.








The crimes occurred between 2013 and 2015.

The case was investigated by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division.

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