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Rutledge Announces Arrest of Three Mississippi Women for Fraud


October 24, 2017

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of three Mississippi women.

Pearlie Bailey, 63, of Hollandale, Mississippi turned herself in to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office on two counts of health care fraud, Class B felonies, and one count of Failure to Maintain Medicaid records, Class D felony. She appeared in Pulaski County District Court and was released on a $2,500 bond.

Charline Brandon, 61, of Cleveland, Mississippi turned herself in to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office on one count of health care fraud, Class B felony, one count of Medicaid fraud, Class B felony and one count of Engaging in a Continuing Criminal gang, or enterprise, Class Y felony. She appeared in Pulaski County District Court and was released on a $25,000 bond.

Debra Stewart, 59, of Helena was arrested on June 15 on two counts of health care fraud, Class B felonies, along with one count of Medicaid fraud, Class C felony, and one count Medicaid fraud, Class A misdemeanor.

The three are accused of fraudulently billing for services not rendered and for providing false information for the purpose of requesting payment from a health plan, totaling almost $290,000 from March 2011 to January 2017. This case was referred to the Arkansas Attorney General’s office by the Mississippi Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and is part of an ongoing investigation with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General.

Medicaid fraud occurs when providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled. To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or oag@arkansasag.gov.

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