2 southeast Kansas women sentenced for separate crimes against Medicaid program

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PARSONS, Kan. – A Judge sentences two southeast Kansas women for separate crimes against the Kansas Medicaid program.

According to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Judge Steve Stockard sentenced the women in Labette County District Court today (Nov. 3, 2022):

  • Lavanda E. Duncan, 55, of Parsons: one felony count of attempted making a false claim, statement or representation to the Medicaid program
    • Judge Stockard sentenced her to pay $2,547.16 in restitution to the Kansas Medicaid program. He ordered her to serve 12 months of supervised probation.
    • Duncan pleaded guilty to the charge on September 7, 2022.
  • Lacinda Morris, 32, of Parsons: one felony count of making a false claim to the Kansas Medicaid program and one count of forgery
    • Judge Stockard sentenced her to pay $9,452.60 in restitution, serve 18 months of supervised probation with community corrections, and attend in-patient substance abuse treatment.
    • She pled guilty on August 18, 2022.

Duncan Crime against Medicaid Program

According to Schmidt’s Office:

An investigation found that Duncan, a Medicaid beneficiary, attempted to falsely bill the Medicaid program on behalf of her three sons who served as her personal care attendants. An investigation determined that Duncan attempted to receive payment on their behalf while her sons were incarcerated in the Labette County jail and not able to provide care.

The case was part of “Operation Keeping Them Honest,” 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. This sentencing brings to a close the latest case in this joint effort to crack down on those who take advantage of these federal- and state-administered healthcare programs.

Other 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. Senior Assistant Attorney General Eve Kemple of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case against Duncan.

Morris Crimes against Medicaid Program

According to Schmidt’s Office:

Investigators determined that Morris was working as a personal care attendant for her mother, a Medicaid beneficiary. While her mother was incarcerated, Morris submitted time sheets for payment from the Medicaid program as if she was providing care for her mother at the time.

The case was also prosecuted by Kemple of Schmidt’s office.