Arkansas Speech Therapist Convicted of Medicaid Fraud

by Andrew Murray | December 16th, 2019

On November 20, 2019, The Attorney General of Arkansas announced the conviction of “a Benton business owner who fraudulently billed Medicaid more than $64,000 for speech therapy services at a daycare for children who did not attend the daycare and/or did not need speech therapy.” The Press Release states:

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Jennifer Rogers, 44, owns Arkansas Therapy Source, LLC. She was convicted of Medicaid Fraud, a Class A Felony, and one count of Theft by Deception, a Class B Felony.

The Office of the Medicaid Inspector General referred the case to the Arkansas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) after a desk audit of Arkansas Therapy Source, LLC identified potential fraud. The evidence included a physician’s signature that had been cut out and taped to a blank referral form, as well as a lack of progress notes to support services billed to Medicaid. The investigation revealed all of Rogers’ Medicaid billing was from February 2017 to March 2018.

Investigators uncovered 41 instances where speech services were billed to Medicaid. In many cases, Rogers was not living in Arkansas during the time of the billed services. To date, Rogers has made no billing or treatment records available. Rogers was arrested in September 2018 and pleaded guilty Monday. She was ordered to $64,000 in restitution and to pay a fine of $51,000 as well as court costs. She also received 5 years of probation.

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