Wyandotte & Leavenworth

KCK health care worker is accused of bilking Medicaid

Federal authorities on Wednesday accused a 54-year-old Kansas City, Kan., woman of bilking the government of more than $587,000 in fraudulent Medicaid payments.

Authorities allege that personal care attendant Doris Betts documented more than 750 workdays that exceeded 24 hours. The longest was 39.5 hours, prosecutors said.

Betts faces six counts of health care fraud based on submitted claims that she performed personal services, residential support, day assistance and sleep cycle support for seven different Medicaid consumers.

The alleged fraud occurred through four different billing agencies since 2008, prosecutors said.

Betts declined to comment Wednesday.

In the billings, Betts allegedly said she helped patients with bathing, cleaning their homes, using the toilet and taking their medication.

However, the indictment alleges that Betts claimed to be with two or more clients at the same time, billed for home care services when clients were in the hopsital or when she was at her own medical appointments, and billed for tasks at different locations with no travel time between them.

If convicted, Betts faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.