Ala. business owner charged with Medicaid fraud


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A 41-year-old Wetumpka woman has been arraigned on charges that she stole over $750,000 from Alabama Medicaid.

U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, George Beck, says the 10-count indictment charges Lashawn Denise Anthony of using her business, Youth Enhancement and Family Services, Inc. to fraudulently take the money.

Authorities say Anthony's business was designed to provide counseling services to children with behavioral problems and offer life skills training to their families. Officials say Anthony billed Medicaid for services performed by a psychologist with a doctoral degree when the service was actually provided by a staffer with a master's.

Authorities say the difference in education levels translates to a difference in the amount a business may charge for the services.

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