Bradley Co. therapist convicted of Medicaid fraud

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Associated Press

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 3:06 PM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A speech therapist from Bradley County has been convicted of Medicaid fraud for allegedly billing for services she didn't render.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office said Tuesday that 61-year-old Karen Carraway of Warren pleaded guilty to a Class B felony. Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen sentenced her to three years' probation plus a fine of $18,000 and restitution of $6,000.

The restitution is to be paid to the state's Medicaid program.

Carraway provided speech therapy services clients younger than 21. The AG's office was alerted by a parent who said she believed Carraway was billing for services for months after treatment ended.

Investigators found multiple false claims January 2010 through October 2011. McDaniel's office says the total included 15 false claims during a stretch when Carraway was hospitalized.

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