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AG charges service provider with Medicaid fraud

December 26, 2020 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota attorney general’s office is charging a Mandan woman with Medicaid fraud for allegedly submitting $76,000 worth of claims for work she did not perform.

The Bismark Tribune reports the Department of Human Services began looking into Medicaid claims the service provider, Rebecca Fruge, made for in-home medical services after she claimed she had performed more than 24 hours of work on three separate days in May last year. The department also found that Fruge’s client was in the hospital for one of those days and could not have received services from her.

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Fruge has denied submitting incorrect or fraudulent claims, investigators say. She told investigators she was in the process of moving when the Department of Human Services requested documentation for her claims.

If convicted, Fruge could face up to 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.