- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 36-year-old Zachary woman is accused of defrauding the state’s Medicaid program out of thousands of dollars and laundering more than $100,000 through her Baton Rouge personal care agency.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says agents arrested Sekari Washington Davis this week following a joint investigation involving the Attorney General Office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the FBI into Distinctive Healthcare Services LLC, a personal care agency.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1ctYESh ) Davis was booked with a total of seven felony counts: one count of criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud; two counts of Medicaid fraud; one count of theft by fraud of $1,500 or more; two counts of filing or maintaining false public records; and one count of money laundering $100,000 or more.

An arrest warrant for Davis claims she was fraudulently billing the Louisiana Medicaid Program for services not being rendered. In one case, Davis is accused of paying a Medicaid recipient monthly kickbacks in return for signing up for personal care Medicaid services through Davis’ company.

Over a three-year period, Davis is accused of billing for services not performed, some during dates and times when she was actually out of state. She also is accused of billing for services during a time period in which the Medicaid recipient was incarcerated.

Last year alone, Distinctive Healthcare Services billed the Louisiana Medicaid Program more than $885,000.

It was unclear whether Davis has an attorney.

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

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