Woman billed Medicaid in Washington more than $87,000 while living in Nevada
— The Attorney General’s Office on Friday filed charges in Thurston
County Superior Court against a woman the state alleges billed
Washington Medicaid for more than $87,000 in healthcare provider
services while living in Nevada.
Prosecutors with the Attorney
General’s Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) charged Peggy Ruth
Kerr with one count of First Degree Theft and one count of Medicaid
The state alleges that from 2007 to 2013 Kerr
failed to disclose and intentionally concealed information from the
Medicaid program that would have affected Kerr’s ability to continue to
be a paid healthcare provider in Clark County, Wash. She is alleged to have
stolen a total of $87,462.
The case was investigated by MFCU investigator David Fenn. It will be prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Marty Raap.
Attorney General's MFCU is responsible for the investigation and
prosecution of healthcare provider fraud committed against the state’s
Medicaid program. In addition, the unit coordinates the investigation
and prosecution of abuse and neglect, involving vulnerable adults
residing in Medicaid funded residential facilities, with local law
enforcement authorities through a statewide contact network.
Department of Social and Health Services Office of Fraud &
Accountability investigates client fraud. You can report Medicaid
Client Fraud via the Department’s Online Complaint Form, call the
Welfare Fraud Hotline at 1-800-562-6906 or send the complaint to Welfare
Fraud Hotline, P.O. Box 45817, Olympia, Washington 98504-5817.
Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state
of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state
providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and
commissions. Attorney General Bob Ferguson is working hard to protect
consumers and seniors against fraud, keep our communities safe, protect
our environment and stand up for our veterans. Visit www.atg.wa.gov to
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