Counsoler Charged in Medicaid Fraud Case
JEFFERSON CITY - A licensed counselor from Caruthersville has been charged with submitting fraudulent claims to Medicaid for children's counseling she did not perform, forging parents and foster parents' signatures on documents used to support the false billings. Kristi M. Smith, 34, billed the state for more than $3,264 in false claims from November 2009 to September 2010.
Smith has been charged with four felony counts of Medicaid fraud, one count of forgery and one count of stealing by deceit. Smith is charged with six class C felonies, punishable by up to 7 years for each violation, plus penalties and restitution.
Attorney General Chris Koster said his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit led the investigation. Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney William Carter has requested that the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit handle the case because of a conflict.
Koster said citizens should report suspected Medicaid provider fraud or abuse and neglect to his Medicaid Fraud Hotline toll free at 800-286-3932, e-mail the complaint or complete a complaint form.