Nurse Waives Hearing in Medicaid Fraud Case

NEVADA, Mo.– A home healthcare nurse implicated of Medicaid scams waived an initial hearing today in Vernon County Circuit Court and was purchased bound over for trial.

Stacia Smith, 39, of Nevada, waived the hearing Thursday on 6 felony counts of sending deceptive claims of nursing sees to get healthcare payments from the state. Partner Court Judge Neal Quitno set a hearing April 11 for Smith’s preliminary look in a trial department of the court.

A probable-cause affidavit submitted by a detective with the Missouri Medicaid Audit and Compliance Unit mentions that Smith, a signed up nurse, sent 4 nurse see reports to the West Central Community Action Agency in July 2016 and 3 more in August 2016 supposedly signed by a Medicaid individual.

Workers from the company observed disparities in the individual’s signatures on the check out reports, inning accordance with the affidavit. When they asked the individual about the matter, he rejected having actually signed any of the reports, and the company reported the evident scams to the state.

The individual later on informed the state private investigator he was not sure if he had actually signed among the reports but stayed particular that he had actually not signed any of the others, inning accordance with the affidavit. The deceitful claims led to an overpayment of $310.45 from Medicaid, the affidavit declares.