Marion County woman convicted of Medicaid fraud; gets 5 years' probation, must pay restitution


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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — A Marion County woman has pleaded guilty to felony Medicaid fraud for billing the state's Medicaid program for services she did not provide, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says.

Amanda Coker, 36, of Yellville was convicted in Pulaski County Circuit Court on one count of Medicaid fraud. Special Circuit Judge John Plegge sentenced Coker to five years of probation. Coker was also ordered to pay a fine topping $10,000 and restitution of more than $3,400.

Coker fraudulently sought Medicaid reimbursement for personal-care services that she claimed to have provided to a Medicaid beneficiary in mid-2011.

Coker's former housemate told an investigator with the Attorney General's Office that Coker could not have rendered the services since she did not have a means of transportation at that time.

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