Wichita Woman Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Medicaid

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The operator of a drug and alcohol abuse treatment facility has admitted to defrauding Medicaid out of $3.76 million.

Kansas Attorney General Steve Six and the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday that Shelley Harding has pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud in federal court.

The Wichita woman operated ``A New Beginning.''

Court documents allege she was responsible for fraudulent claimsbeing submitted that sought reimbursement for drug and alcohol treatment for about 80 children under the age of 12 years old.

The court documents say that there is no method for diagnosingor treating alcohol or drug abuse for children under the age of 12. The documents also allege that there were problems with services not being provided.

Her sentencing is scheduled for July 13.

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