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Medicaid Fraud Case: Woman with Supposed Personal Care Attendant


An investigation by Attorney General Derek Schmidt's Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division reveals a Medicaid fraud case by a Junction City woman who has been ordered to repay more than $3,800 to the Kansas Medicaid Program after pleading guilty last week to charges.


Terry Sherrick, age 50, was ordered by District Judge Jeff Elder of Pottawatomie County District Court to repay $3,870.31 to the Kansas Medicaid Program. Sherrick repeatedly checked her personal care attendant into the Medicaid electronic billing system, Authenticare, using her phone, claiming the personal care attendant was providing home based services, but was actually clocked in for other employers. The pay was placed into a joint checking account accessible to Sherrick and the supposed personal care attendant.


Assistant Attorney General Alma Heckler of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case, and Judge Elder sentenced Sherrick to one felony count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program, one felony count of theft and one felony count of unlawful acts concerning computers, plus 12 months of probation with an underlying sentence of eight months in the Kansas Department of Corrections.  

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