Northeast Arkansas personal care aide pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud


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Little Rock, Arkansas – In a recent development highlighting the ongoing battle against healthcare fraud, Shaona Mizell, a 52-year-old personal care aide from Paragould, Arkansas, pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud. This case underscores the commitment of legal authorities to protect public funds and uphold the integrity of healthcare programs.

Mizell was convicted of a misdemeanor charge for billing Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income individuals, for several months of care services that she never actually provided. This fraudulent action led to a conviction and sentencing. She received one year of probation and was ordered to pay a $200 fine. Additionally, Mizell is required to repay the Arkansas Medicaid Program a total of $3,331.38 in restitution.

Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin, in a statement released on Thursday, emphasized the significance of this case. He said, “Protecting the dollars of hardworking Arkansas taxpayers from fraudsters is a duty I take seriously. Those who think they can get away with Medicaid Fraud should think again.” This statement reflects the Attorney General’s firm stance against such fraudulent activities and his commitment to safeguarding taxpayer funds.

The successful conviction in this case was a result of the collaborative efforts between the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Sixth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Will Jones. This cooperation demonstrates the effectiveness of joint efforts in tackling Medicaid fraud and ensuring justice is served. The case serves as a reminder of the legal consequences facing those who attempt to defraud healthcare programs.


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