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Southeast Kansas women sentenced for Medicaid fraud

Woman and her daughter ordered to pay back about $45,000

By KHI NEWS SERVICE | January 28, 2013

A 61-year-old, southeast Kansas woman has been ordered to pay back more than $35,000 and was sentenced to 30 days in jail for Medicaid fraud, mistreatment of her disabled adult daughter and animal cruelty.

Bonnie Newman of Moline was found guilty by a Chautauqua County jury last November on one count of making a false claim to the Medicaid progam, one count of mistreatment of a dependent adult and eight counts of cruelty to animals, according to the Kansas Attorney General's Office.

The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Sedan Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud & Abuse Division.

Local law enforcement and the state's Adult Protective Services removed the defendant’s disabled daughter from her home in Sedan on March 5, 2009, due to unsanitary conditions. Numerous animals also were seized and removed from the defendant’s care, according to the AG's office.

Newman was ordered to reimburse the Kansas Medicaid program, Rainbow Meadows Equine Rescue and the attorney general's investigative costs.

The defendant’s other daughter, Cheri Newman, also pleaded guilty to mistreatment of a dependent adult and conspiracy to defraud the Medicaid program. Cheri Newman was ordered to repay $9,743.04 to the Medicaid program.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Stefani Hepford and John Bryant with assistance from the Chautauqua County Attorney’s Office.

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