In-home care provider charged with Medicaid fraud

By Heartland News

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KFVS) - A Caruthersville woman faces felony Medicaid fraud charges after Attorney General Chris Koster says she received Medicaid payment for services she did not provide.

Crystal D. Abernathy is accused of submitting timesheets to Smith & Associates Home Care claiming she provided 33 hours of in-home care to her ex-mother-in-law, a Medicaid patient.

Koster says Abernathy worked 40 hours a week at NHC Healthcare between January 2009 and March 2009.

During that time, Abernathy is accused of providing no more than four hours of services a week to her ex-mother-in-law while claiming 33 hours a week.

Abernathy faces four counts of making a false statement to receive a health care payment.  That's a class C felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, according to Attorney General Chris Koster.

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