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Woman accused of Medicaid overbilling must pay restitution

Woman accused of Medicaid overbilling must pay restitution

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ A Lincoln woman accused of overbilling Medicaid for services she provided an ailing client has been told to pay back the money.

Lancaster County District Court records say 56-year-old Debra Dukes was sentenced Monday to five years of probation, fined $2,400 and ordered to pay restitution of more than $8,100. She pleaded no contest to a fraud charge after prosecutors dropped another.

An arrest affidavit says she was paid more than $8,000 for 1,400 hours of aid that actually overlapped times the man was in a medical treatment facility. The affidavit says that under a service provider agreement she signed , she couldn’t bill Medicaid while her client was in such a facility.

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