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April 2, 2013

Pretty Prairie woman pleads guilty to health care fraud

A woman from Pretty Prairie has pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud and one count of mail fraud after receiving payments from the Kansas Medicaid program for services she was not providing, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Tuesday in a news release.

A woman from Pretty Prairie has pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud and one count of mail fraud after receiving payments from the Kansas Medicaid program for services she was not providing, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Tuesday in a news release.

Lupe Adela Mains, 46, admitted in her plea that from Oct. 1, 2007, to March 31, 2009, she received Medicaid funds for providing supportive home care services to her sister, who had Down syndrome, even though she had stopped providing those services. In fact, Mains’ sister was being cared for by another family member in Wichita during that time.

In addition, Mains admitted that she fraudulently continued to collect her sister’s Railroad Retirement Board survivor disability benefits. Mains failed to disclose to the Railroad Retirement Board that her sister was no longer in her care.

Sentencing is set for July 1. The parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of one month incarceration, 13 months community confinement and restitution of $50,242.

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