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Letcher woman sentenced in fraud case

A Cromona woman was recently sentenced to serve one year in prison after she pled guilty to Medicaid fraud.

Tiff any Bentley, 29, fraudulently billed the Kentucky Medicaid Program in 2006 and 2007 for services provided to children in the First Steps Program, a statewide early-intervention program for infants and toddlers experiencing developmental delays.

As part of the plea agreement reached on Jan. 29 in Jefferson Circuit Court, Bentley’s one-year sentence with the Kentucky Department of Corrections will be diverted for five years. She has been ordered to pay $1,562 in restitution to the Kentucky Medicaid Program and also reimburse the attorney general’s office for investigation costs.

Vanessa Rouse and Janice Fields also billed the state for services that were not provided to children. Rouse and Fields pled guilty to defrauding Medicaid in December 2008. Each was sentenced to one year in prison and also ordered to pay restitution to the Kentucky Medicaid Program. They served 30 days, the remainder of which was probated. Rouse and Fields were also convicted of bribing a witness in Perry Circuit Court in 2008 in a related case.

All of the cases were investigated and prosecuted by members of Attorney General Jack Conway’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control.

“Through the hard work and determination of the investigators and prosecutors in my Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse, we were able to obtain both a conviction and restitution for the Kentucky Medicaid Program,” said Conway. “Our office will continue its efforts to detect and prosecute Medicaid Fraud.”

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