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Attorney General Caldwell’s Medicaid Fraud Unit Arrests New Orleans Woman

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

BATON ROUGE — Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell announced, Aug. 21, that a New Orleans woman has been charged with two counts of Medicaid fraud.

     Natrell Shelton, 37, 6345 Dwyer Road, is accused of submitting false time sheets and service logs indicating she was caring for a Medicaid recipient at the same time she was reportedly providing personal care services to another Medicaid recipient. As a result of her actions, the Medicaid Program was improperly billed $3,407.84. Shelton was arrested on Aug. 18 and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

     Shelton was working as a direct service worker for two personal care service agencies and the Self Direction Waiver Program allegedly caring for physically handicapped or elderly Medicaid recipients when the overlapping billings occurred. Direct service workers provide caregiver services such as cooking, grooming and bathing.

     If convicted, Shelton could face up to five years in prison and pay up to $20,000 in fines for each count of Medicaid fraud.

To report suspected Medicaid fraud, please contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, (888) 799-6885.