The owner of a speech therapy service has been charged with Medicaid fraud.

A Benton business owner has been convicted of fraudulently billing Medicaid more than $64,000 for speech therapy services at a daycare for children who did not attend the daycare, or who did not need speech therapy.

Jennifer Rogers, 44, owns Arkansas Therapy Source, LLC. She was convicted of one count of Medicaid fraud, a Class A felony; and one count of theft by deception, a Class B felony.

“It is a shame that a person who is licensed to help others is instead manipulating the Medicaid system, and using childrens’ identities to do it,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

“This case proves those attempting to defraud Arkansans will be held accountable,” she said.

The Office of the Medicaid Inspector General referred the case to the Arkansas Attorney Generals Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) after a desk audit of Arkansas Therapy Source, LLC identified potential fraud.

The evidence included a physician’s signature that had been cut out and taped to a blank referral form, as well as a lack of progress notes to support services billed to Medicaid.

The investigation revealed all of Rogers Medicaid billing was from February 2017 to March 2018.

Investigators uncovered 41 instances where speech services were billed to Medicaid.

In many cases, Rogers was not living in Arkansas during the time of the billed services. To date, Rogers has made no billing or treatment records available.

Rogers was arrested in September 2018 and pleaded guilty Monday. She was ordered to pay $64,000 in restitution and to pay a fine of $51,000 as well as court costs. She also received 5 years of probation.

Assistant Attorney General Sean Strode was sworn it as a special deputy prosecuting attorney in this case.

Medicaid fraud occurs when Medicaid providers use the program to obtain money for which they are not entitled.

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