Monday, 06 17, 2013
Allison Gardner Martin
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the indictments of William Qualls and Linda Smith for allegedly defrauding the Kentucky Medicaid Program. Qualls and Smith, who worked as caregivers for a disabled Medicaid recipient, are each charged with Devising or Engaging in a Scheme to Defraud the Kentucky Medicaid Program and Theft by Unlawful Taking Over $500 but under $10,000.
Indictments were issued in Jefferson County. Smith was arraigned today. She pled not guilty. A pre-trial conference is set for August 15. Qualls did not show up for his arraignment, and a bench warrant has been issued for his arrest. If convicted, Qualls and Smith each face up to ten years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
"I will not tolerate theft from our Medicaid Program," General Conway said. "These are our tax dollars. People who are defrauding the program are stealing from tax payers and affecting services provided to our most vulnerable citizens."
In its investigation, the Office of the Attorney General reports that both Qualls and Smith submitted false timesheets to the Kentucky Medicaid Program while they worked as caregivers for the disabled. Disabled people who receive these services through Medicaid have an opportunity to achieve a higher quality of life and their families are not forced to place them in institutions to receive care.
This case was investigated by the Office of the Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit, and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services' Office of the Inspector General. It will be prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General in Jefferson Circuit Court.
A charge is merely an accusation and a person is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.
Since Attorney General Conway took office in January 2008, his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control has recovered or been awarded nearly $300 million for the state and federal Medicaid programs. These cases range from lawsuits and settlements against pharmaceutical companies to cases against individual providers.
In 2012, General Conway's Medicaid Fraud Unit was named one of the most aggressive in the country by the nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen.
The Attorney General's Tip Line for reporting allegations of Medicaid fraud is 1-877-228-7384.