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    Rutledge Announces Arrest of another Mississippi Woman for Fraud

    October 31, 2017

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of another Mississippi woman.

    Clotee Downs, 79, of Clarksdale, Mississippi was arrested by the Clarksdale Police Department on two counts of health care fraud, Class B felonies, and two counts of Medicaid fraud, Class C felonies.

    Downs’ arrest follows the apprehension of Pearlie Bailey, 63, of Hollandale, Mississippi, Charline Brandon, 61, of Cleveland, Mississippi and Debra Stewart, 59, of Helena.

    The four 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

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