- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says a Lawton drug and alcohol counselor has pleaded no contest to Medicaid fraud and identity theft charges

Shannon Rose was charged in July 2013 and was sentenced this month to six months in the Oklahoma County jail and ordered to pay thousands in restitution.

Pruitt says Rose, who is a self-employed licensed alcohol and drug counselor, fraudulently billed the Oklahoma Health Authority more than $83,000 for 914 services that were never provided.

An investigation showed that multiple clients who were under court orders to attend drug and alcohol counseling as part of their criminal probation were reporting six-month gaps in contact with Rose.

Additionally, Rose submitted fraudulent claims for services allegedly provided to a deceased woman, according to investigators.


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