A mom and child have been charged with Medicaid scams and identity theft after authorities say they sent incorrect claims.
Lexie Batchelor, 59, of Atoka, and Heather Doss, 43, of Tulsa, are implicated of sending incorrect claims to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority from 2010 through 2016, according to a press release.
Batchelor and Doss apparently sent claims for services in Oklahoma while airline company records revealed both were both from the state.
They are implicated of using customer Medicaid recognition numbers to send incorrect claims. Almost 200 customer identities were fraudulently used to send claims.
Private investigators also stated Batchelor used an “modify ego,” called Lexie George, to double expense for services. When submitting the claims, Batchelor stated she and George, who was noted as a clinician, would individually deal with clients.
She is also implicated of altering service codes on billings to show greater expense services. She altered the codes from rehab services to psychotherapy sessions, which compensate at a greater rate, according to the press release.
Batchelor is charged with 3 counts of Medicaid scams and one count of identity theft. Doss is charged with one count of Medicaid scams and one count of identity theft.
In 2016, following a Medicaid scams suit, a federal judge bought LXE Counseling and Bachelor to pay more than $4.6 million in damages for comparable practices.
Attorney general of the United States Mike Hunter stated the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit will continue punishing professionals who contravene of the law.
” Healthcare scams cost state taxpayer’s countless dollars annually and is an affront to the clients who turn over a doctor with their care,” Hunter stated. “Thanks to the work of lawyers and private investigators in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, these 2 will not have the ability to trick anymore Oklahomans.”.