- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state of Louisiana is suing a Baker woman who was sentenced to five years in prison for running a $1.1 million Medicaid fraud scheme through her Zachary home health care business.

The Advocate (http://bit.ly/2e5Hd67 ) reports that 38-year-old Chanda Hall pleaded guilty in April to a state racketeering charge. She was sentenced to prison in August but was not ordered to pay restitution.

The state sued her last week in Baton Rouge seeking damages, civil fines and penalties.

A state audit found that Hall’s company, Empowering Care Services LLC, fraudulently billed Medicaid for services never provided by caregivers.

The office of the state attorney general said Hall violated the Louisiana Racketeering Act by making illegal payments to Medicaid recipients, keeping false records and funneling the money into other businesses.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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