Flowood Healthcare Agency Personal Care Assistant Arrested for Medicaid Fraud

March 1, 2017

Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that a Flowood personal care assistant has been arrested for Medicaid fraud following her indictment by a Rankin County grand jury.

Shanika Sherese Keys, 37, of Meridian, turned herself in to authorities Monday. Keys is charged with one count of Medicaid Fraud. Keys was booked into the Rankin County jail and released on a $5,000 bond.

The indictment accuses Keys of submitting false claims for services that were never rendered for a Medicaid recipient, while Keys was employed as a personal care assistant for a healthcare agency in Flowood.

If convicted, the defendant faces up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine. As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case is being investigated by Christopher Watkins and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Mark McClinton of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

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