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Former Nebraska Medicaid worker gets prison time for fraud

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A former Nebraska Medicaid audit administrator who bilked the program and his father out of nearly $300,000 has been sentenced to 16  months in prison.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Craig A. Barnett was also ordered Thursday to pay restitution of nearly $277,000 and serve three years of supervised release.

Barnett, of Lincoln, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud and two counts of mail fraud in the scheme, which took place when he was an administrator within the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Authorities say Barnett’s father was placed on Medicaid at a nursing home while Barnett used his father’s pension, retiree grant payments and mutual funds to cover mostly his own personal expenses. Only a portion was spent on his father’s expenses.

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