Jackson Resident Going to Prison for Medicaid Fraud
A Jackson resident is going to prison for Medicaid fraud, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Barbara Jones, 31, of Jackson, pleaded guilty to three counts of Medicaid fraud before Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Weill today. As a result, Jones was sentenced to five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, one to serve, four suspended and five years of post release supervision per count to run concurrently. Jones was also ordered to pay $28,158.61 in restitution and a penalty of $84,475.83, to be paid during the five years of post release supervision.
The Attorney General’s investigation showed that Jones was defrauding Medicaid by billing for prescription glasses for over 130 children who never received the glasses. Most of the children did not even need glasses.
“It is our hope that cases like this will send the message to others, trying to cheat the system in this same way, that they will not win and they will pay dearly when they are caught,” said Attorney General Hood.
This case was investigated and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.