Kansas Attorney General Phil Kline has filed charges against two Saline County residents for submitting claims to the Kansas Medicaid program for services that were allegedly not provided.
Christal M. Countryman, 36, and Tammy Lajean Brown, 37, both of Salina, were each charged with one count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program, a severity level 9 nonperson felony, and one count of conspiracy to make a false claim to the Medicaid program, a severity level 10 nonperson felony.
In complaints filed in Saline County District Court, Kline alleges that Countryman completed, and Brown signed and submitted to Medicaid, claims for services Brown did not provide to a Saline County Medicaid recipient between October 2003 and October 2004. The total fraudulent pay received by Brown was $9,063.60.
If convicted, each defendant faces five to 17 months in jail and fines up to $100,000 for making a false claim to the Medicaid program and five to 13 months in jail and fines up to $100,000 for conspiracy to make a false claim to the Medicaid program. The defendants could also be ordered to repay the money with interest and to pay the cost of the prosecution, including attorney fees and investigative costs.
Countryman and Brown were arrested by an agent of Kline’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division and members of the Salina Police Department. The two were booked into the Saline County Jail, where they were being held pending $1,000 bond.
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