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Yellville woman convicted of Medicaid fraud

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This article was published July 10, 2014 at 2:54 p.m.

A Yellville woman pleaded guilty Thursday to billing the state’s Medicaid program for services she didn’t provide, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said in a statement.

Amanda Coker, 36, was convicted on one count of Medicaid fraud, a class B felony, in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Judge John Plegge sentenced Coker to five years of probation and ordered her to pay $10,357.95 in fines and $3,452.65 in restitution.

Coker was an attendant to a Medicaid beneficiary for a few days in 2011, but she billed the Medicaid program for a period of two months, the news release states.

Her former housemate told officials that Coker couldn’t have rendered the services because she didn't have a means of transportation at that time.

Coker was arrested in 2013 after she was investigated by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

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pauljohnson says... July 10, 2014 at 11:31 p.m.

Medicaid needs to wake up and charge all the people scamming them. It's unbelievable how many people Medicaid pays for caring for their own family members. When did that become the taxpayers liability? Most families including my own take care of their family and never receive a dime. Medicaid needs a major overhaul and audit in their payments to family members or other crooks.

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