Jonesboro woman turns self in, charged with Medicaid fraud

Katrina Lawson (Source: Pulaski County Jail)
Katrina Lawson (Source: Pulaski County Jail)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A medical provider from Jonesboro is facing a felony charge of Medicaid fraud.

According to Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, Katrina Lawson, 39, was taken into custody by Pulaski County authorities after turning herself in on Tuesday after a warrant had been issued. She is accused of causing Arkansas Medicaid to be billed for services she did not perform.

Lawson had been employed by Mid-South Health Systems Inc. to perform anger management intervention services to those with mental illness. McDaniel's office alleges Lawson submitted false time sheets to her employer that billed Medicaid for services she did not give to six patients.

Investigators say the time sheets went from August 13 to August 27, 2012.

Surveillance video from Mid-South, according to investigators, shows Lawson was not providing services at the time she said she was.

Mid-South released the following statement on Lawson's arrest:

Mid-South Health Systems does not tolerate fraud orabuse of Medicaid funding. Our company has an aggressive corporate compliancepolicy designed to prevent, detect and eradicate fraud. Mid-South has beenworking closely with the Attorney Generals office.

Lawson could spend three to 10 years in prison and have to pay a fine of up to $10,000, if found guilty on the felony charge.

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