Two Sedgwick County residents found guilty of Medicaid fraud

WICHITA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Two Sedgwick County residents have been found guilty of Medicaid fraud, according to Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

Gretta Elaine Smith, 52, of Wichita, pleaded guilty yesterday to one felony count of Medicaid fraud. The case stemmed from an investigation by the Attorney General's Office Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division, which found that between March and May of 2018, Smith submitted false claims to the Medicaid program by saying that she provided in-home personal care attendant services to the beneficiary Joe Ross Mitchell, 65, of Wichita, while he was in fact incarcerated.

Upon receiving the funding for the false claims, Smith put some or all of the $2,794.44 on Mitchell's jail commissary account, which Mitchell spent on discretionary items.

District Judge Bruce Brown accepted Smith's plea and scheduled sentencing for March 2. Mitchell pleaded guilty in January in Sedgwick County District Court to one felony count of Medicaid fraud in connection with the crimes. District Judge Jeffrey Syrios accepted Mitchell's guilty plea and scheduled sentencing for March 4.