Donaldsonville woman arrested for medicaid fraud

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell

     BATON ROUGE — Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell has announced that a Donaldsonville woman has been arrested for Medicaid fraud after illegally billing the Louisiana Medicaid Program for health care services that were not performed.

     Sandra Fisher, 52, of 3039 Mount Olive Road, was charged with two counts of Medicaid fraud after submitting time sheets and service logs to her employers for 140 hours of services that were not provided during February and March. As a result of Fisher’s actions, the personal care agency where she was employed erroneously billed Medicaid $647.68. Fisher was arrested on Dec. 8 by investigators with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. She was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

     Fisher was working as direct care service workers, hired by Medicaid providers to care for physically handicapped or elderly Medicaid recipients. Direct care service workers provide caregiver services such as cooking, grooming and bathing.

     If convicted of Medicaid fraud, Fisher could face up to five years in prison and pay up to $20,000 in fines for each count.