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“Cookies Helping Hand Inc.” Women Implicated in Medicaid Fraud Attempt

by Andrew Barr on August 8, 2011

Reports the Louisiana Advertiser:

An investigation revealed that the former employees of Cookies Helping Hand Inc. could not have provided the services for which they billed to the Medicaid program because the women were working at other jobs during that time.

The owner of Cookies Helping Hand Inc., Patricia A. Bell, 51, of Rayville, surrendered to the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for arrest on July 22 and was charged with 60 counts of filing or maintaining false public records and seven counts of Medicaid fraud.

These arrests stem from an investigation of billing practices at Bell’s company located at 114 Ineichen St. and 1298 Hwy 861 in Crowville. During an extensive review of billing records, patient logs, employee timesheets and other reports, investigators discovered that more than $575,000 was billed to and paid by Louisiana Medicaid for services allegedly provided by employees of Bell’s company, even though those employees were no longer employed by her company. Bell also billed for services reportedly rendered while patients were in the hospital and for services when the employee was actually working at another job.

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