Crime & Courts

Wichita woman sentenced for Medicaid fraud

Wichita

A Wichita woman has been ordered to serve 18 months of probation and repay the state $5,140.89 for defrauding the Kansas Medicaid Program, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a prepared statement Monday.

Schmidt said an investigation into claims from Demetrious Keeler, 35, showed she had billed the Medicaid program for about 500 hours of services she didn’t provide to clients because they either weren’t in her care or were hospitalized. According to the plea agreement in her case, Keeler was hired to care for three patients in Sedgwick County and was paid through two Medical billing agencies after entering her time on Medicaid’s computerized timekeeping system, AuthentiCare.

Medicaid caught Keeler’s fraud by comparing her timekeeping records to Medicaid claims data and her patients’ hospital records, the document says. She made the false claims between January 2012 and July 2013.

Keeler pleaded guilty in March to one count of unlawful acts concerning computers. The conviction may also temporarily bar Keeler from being paid wages through a government health care program, Schmidt said.

Sedgwick County District Judge David Dahl handed down the sentence Friday, according to court records.

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker

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