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Eighth person in Medicaid fraud investigation in southeast Kansas pleads guilty

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at 12:43 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at 1:01 p.m.

A Cherryvale woman has become the eighth person to plead guilty to Medicaid fraud as part of a state investigation into home health care billings in southeast Kansas.

The defendants have been ordered to repay nearly $90,000 to the Kansas Medicaid program as a result of the charges, according to the state attorney general’s office.

Shannon Menzer, 38, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Labette County District Court to charges of making a false Medicaid claim, conspiracy to make a false Medicaid claim and two counts of providing false information.

Her plea agreement requires her to repay more than $18,000 to the state’s Medicaid program. She is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 3.

The charges stem from an investigation into home health care billings by several employees and independent care providers who used the Southeast Kansas Independent Living Center as their payroll agent. Charges against three other people involved with the investigation are pending.

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