- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Two Woonsocket sisters have been charged with multiple counts of Medicaid fraud.

Brittney Lusiak, 24, and Hailey Lusiak, 21, face five counts of medical assistance fraud and one count of obtaining money under false pretenses.

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said Thursday the arrests are a part of a national Medicaid fraud investigation announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice and other agencies that uncovered about $900 million in fraud.

Prosecutors say the sisters falsely reported billable hours as primary caregivers for a patient. Brittney Lusiak allegedly received $6,390 in fraudulent payments while Hailey Lusiak allegedly received $20,800.

They were arraigned Tuesday in District Court and released on $10,000 personal recognizance. Their next court date is August 25. It couldn’t be immediately determined if they had lawyers.

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