Junction City woman ordered to repay $3,800 in Medicaid fraud charges

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WESTMORELAND, Kan. — The Kansas Attorney General’s Office has ordered a Junction City woman to repay more than $3,800 to the Kansas Medicaid Program after pleading to Medicaid fraud-related charges.

A guilty plea was submitted in Pottawatomie County District Court in May by 22-year-old Elizabeth Joyce. She pled to one felony count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program and one felony count of theft. District Judge Jeff Elder on Thursday ordered Joyce to repay $3,870.31 to the Kansas Medicaid Program and sentenced her to 12 months of probation with an underlying sentence of six months in the Kansas Department of Corrections.

An investigation revealed Joyce claimed she provided personal care attendant home based services to her mother, when in fact she was clocked in and working for other employers. The pay she received was deposited into a joint checking account accessible to both Joyce and her mother, Terry Sherrick. An analysis of the Medicaid payment data showed 370 hours of overlapping time billed by Sherrick on behalf of Joyce. The crimes occurred between October 2015 and July 2016.

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