Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Aug 3 2007

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 3, 2007

OLYMPIA—The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today filed separate charges in King County against two King County women accused of falsely billing for services.

Eunice D. Laupati was charged today with one count of theft in the first degree and eight counts of Medicaid False Statement.

It is alleged that Laupati billed and was paid $11, 178.18 for providing services to a deceased Medicaid client.

Laupati is scheduled to be arraigned on August 13, 2007.

In a separate filing, the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit filed charges against Jennifer P. Kuehn for falsely billing Medicaid for services claimed to have been provided.

Kuehn was charged with one count of theft in the first degree and five counts of Medicaid False Statement.

It is alleged that Kuehn continued to bill Medicaid for in-home services once her mother-in-law had moved into a skilled nursing facility.  She is accused of continuing to bill for services she did not provide even after her mother-in-law died.  Kuehn allegedly received approximately $5900 as a result of these false billings.

In addition to the King County filings, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit filed charges in Thurston County yesterday against a Thurston County woman accused of billing the state Department of Social and Health Services twice for the same client.

Lorlyn M. Villaflores was charged yesterday with twelve felony counts.

It is alleged that Villaflores collected approximately $10,500 as a result of falsely billing DSHS for six months of service after the client had exited her facility. 

Villaflores is scheduled for arraignment on August 14, 2007.

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