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Ex-clerk pleads guilty to conspiracy in Arkansas fraud case

July 23, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former clerk for a Missouri-based health nonprofit has pleaded guilty in Arkansas to participating in a conspiracy as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation in the two states.

The he Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Vicki Chisam was originally charged with felony Medicaid fraud, but pleaded guilty Monday in Independence County to a lesser charge of participating in a conspiracy. Prosecutors alleged Chisam helped facilitate $3 million in improper Medicaid billing for Missouri-based Preferred Family Health.

Chisam worked for Health Resources of Arkansas, which was acquired by Preferred Family Health in 2014.

Two other former workers have been charged by the Arkansas attorney general’s office in the investigation, including one who admitted paying more than $35,000 in bribes to former Arkansas state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, who pleaded guilty to three federal charges last month.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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