Winfield woman is ordered to repay Medicaid

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By Shane Farley
July 22, 2014 - 11:39:07 am

A Winfield woman has agreed to repay more than $5,000 to the Kansas Medicaid program after pleading no contest for billing hours for care she did not provide.

The Kansas Attorney General said the person 41-year-old Sherry Benson claimed to be caring for in 2012 was actually incarcerated in Oklahoma at the time. She is said to have billed Medicaid for more than 400 hours of service she did not provide in August and September of that year.

Benson was ordered to repay $5,357 to the Medicaid program by District Judge Phillip M. Fromme in Osage County District Court.

Benson pleaded in May to one count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program and one count of felony theft.

In addition to the restitution, Benson was sentenced to 12 months of probation with an underlying sentence of 8 months in prison. The case was investigated by the attorney generalís Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division. Assistant Attorney General John Bryant of Schmidtís office prosecuted the case.

Benson was charged in Osage County because the payroll agency that she submitted the timesheets to is in that county. .

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