Webster Parish woman arrested for Medicaid fraud

WEBSTER PARISH, La. - KTVE - Attorney General Jeff Landry today announced that two people, including a Webster Parish woman, has been arrested for Medicaid fraud.

"Medicaid welfare fraud takes resources from those who need it and steals from taxpayers," said General Landry. "Whether it is those who acquire unneeded prescription drugs, falsely bill, or lie to gain eligibility; all Medicaid welfare fraud is wrong; and my office will do all we legally can to stop it."

Ella Smythe, 66 of Cotton Valley, was arrested on five counts of Medicaid Fraud. She allegedly submitted time sheets for times she was also working as the Assistant Municipal Clerk for the Town of Cotton Valley.

Iantha Faciane, 48 of New Orleans, was arrested on two counts of Medicaid Fraud. She allegedly submitted time sheets for times she was also working at the Dollar Tree.

Both were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Medicaid welfare fraud occurs when providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money they are not entitled to. 

To report Medicaid welfare fraud, abuse, and/or neglect in residential care facilities - call General Landry's Medicaid Fraud Hotline at 888-799-6885 or visit www.AGJeffLandry.com.


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