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Bay woman fined after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A Bay woman pleaded guilty Thursday to Medicaid fraud.

Hannah Riggs, 24, pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to pay a $17,564.88 fine to the Arkansas General Fund and $5,854.96 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program. She was also ordered to pay court costs.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Riggs billed for services not rendered and failed to maintain records from October 2013 to September 2015.

Three others pleaded guilty to similar charges:

  • Jawara Blanks, 26, of North Little Rock pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to five years probation and to pay a fine of $31,455 to the Arkansas General Fund and $10,485 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program, in addition to court costs.
  • Pamela Pollard, 37, of Marion pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to one-year probation and to pay a $2,815 fine to the Arkansas General Fund and $938.56 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program, in addition to court costs.
  • Evitta Walker, 34, of Little Rock pleaded guilty in Pulaski County District Court and was sentenced to pay a $3,032.64 fine to the Arkansas General Fund and $1,010.88 to the Arkansas Medicaid Program, in addition to court costs.

All four cases, according to Rutledge, were initiated by referrals from the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General and prosecuted in coordination with the Sixth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.

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