Rutledge Announces Arrest of Angel’s On Duty Owner, In-Home Care Provider, in Dumas
February 1, 2019
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of the owner and operator of Angel’s On Duty in Dumas.
Merissa Griffin, 40, of Sherwood, is accused of billing the Arkansas Medicaid Program for services obtained using non-authentic/photocopied signatures of her nurse, and by falsified timesheets, between August 1, 2017 and December 8, 2017, totaling $74,456.80. Following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office, Griffin turned herself in at Pulaski County District Court. She is charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, a Class A felony.
“Griffin took advantage of a program intended to help Arkansas’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Griffin not only photo-shopped one of her employees’ signatures to ‘sign off’ on certain services, she also falsified employee timesheets to boost her payments and steal from the Arkansas Medicaid Program. As the Attorney General, I will prosecute those stealing taxpayer money resources.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.