Woman ordered to repay $19,000 for Medicaid fraud

A Wichita woman who pleaded guilty to Medicaid Fraud will need to repay more than $19,000 to the Kansas Medicaid Program.

56-year-old Vinnie Timmons pleaded guilty in January to one count of making a false claim to the Kansas Medicaid Program.

An investigation revealed that she billed Medicaid for providing personal care attendant services to for two consumers during the same periods of time she was clocked in at a care home and a public school. The consumers did not receive the services for which she was paid.

This happened between January of 2013 and October of 2014.

In addition to repaying $19,189 to Medicaid, she was sentenced to 12 months of probation with an underlying sentence of six months in prison.

She will also have a period of time where she will be prohibited from being paid wages through a government health care program.

Authorities say the case was part of “Operation No Show,” 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. Yesterday’s sentencing brings to a close the 10th case in this joint effort to crack down on those who take advantage of these federal and state administered healthcare programs. More than $361,000 in restitution payable to the Kansas Medicaid program has been ordered as a result of these efforts.

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