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Preferred Family Health’s Ex-Billing Clerk Charged with Medicaid Fraud

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LITTLE ROCK — A third former employee with a Missouri-based nonprofit mental health provider has been arrested on state charges of defrauding Arkansas’ Medicaid program.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Tuesday announced that Vicki Chisam was arrested last week on one count of felony Medicaid fraud. The 65-year-old Batesville woman is accused making false statements that knowingly caused Arkansas’ Medicaid program to overpay Preferred Family Health about $589,000 from January 2015 to November 9, 2015.

Rutledge’s office earlier this year charged a former executive and billing director with defrauding the Medicaid program by $2.2 million.

Chisam told The Associated Press she billed claims the way she was told to by superiors and did not receive any kickbacks for them.

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