Crime & Courts

July 22, 2014

AG office: Winfield woman’s Medicaid scam involved Okla. inmate

A Winfield woman’s Medicaid scam fell apart when officials learned that the person she was getting government money to care for was actually in jail in Oklahoma, the Kansas attorney general’s office reported Tuesday.

A Winfield woman’s Medicaid scam fell apart when officials learned that the person she was getting government money to care for was actually in jail in Oklahoma, the Kansas attorney general’s office reported Tuesday.

Sherry Benson, 41, was ordered to pay back the $5,357 she billed to Medicaid as a personal care attendant for 400 hours of work she didn’t do in August and September of 2012.

“The Medicaid beneficiary Benson claimed to be caring for was incarcerated in Oklahoma during the time she billed these services,” said a statement from Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

She pleaded no contest in Osage County District Court to charges of theft and making false claims to Medicaid, the statement said.

In addition to having to pay restitution, she was placed on a year’s probation with an eight-month underlying prison sentence. Schmidt’s Medicaid Fraud unit prosecuted the case.

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