Thursday, February 21, 2019

A.G. Settles Medicaid Fraud Case

Andria Jones will not go to jail after she agreed to a civil settlement with the Attorney General in a Medicaid Fraud case.

A Hinds County grand jury indicted  Jones for Medicaid fraud. Jones was co-director of Tutorain Assessments Professional Services (T.A.P.S.)  She submitted bogus claims to Medicaid from April 1, 2014 to February 28, 2015.  The Attorney General and Jones agreed to settle the case.  Jones paid $6,489 in stolen funds and fines to the state.  The Attorney General withdrew prosecution of the indictment.  Jones asked the court to expunge her court record on December 13.  The case is assigned to Hinds County Circuit Judge Faye Peterson.  She has not ruled on the expungement request.

Ms. Jones served on the Board of Directors for the Jackson Redevelopment Authority when she was indicted. 


Cynical Sam said...

Even the AG hands out blessings in Hinds Co.

Who knew that if you steal and give the money back, you are good to go.

Anonymous said...

A bit harsh with your wording there eh KF? Looks like this was a civil matter to begin with and Ms. jones paid what was owed. What bone do you have to pick here? Funny that you only mentioned Ms. Jones yet there were two others involved in this debacle. Tsk Tsk. We see you KF.

Anonymous said...

Clearly, Ms. Jones is a part of the voting constitutency that AG Hood is going to need this year. Letting a criminal off just because they agree to pay restitution (for the amount that was provable that they stole) is a new process. Same AG put a kid in jail in NE MS (a white, republican candidate) for failing to file a 48 hour campaign finance report on time. Realize thats a much different case, but there have been plenty of cases with even less money involved as being stolen from public funds that this AG prosecuted to the nth degree.

Guess they were either not in his needed coalition, or that he wasn't facing a tough election. My how that can change one's perspective.

Anonymous said...

@1:05pm. First, she is on the JRA board which is notoriously shady. Second, as the earlier articles stated:

"They each face possible sentences of five years and $50,000 in fines for each Medicaid fraud and conspiracy count for a total of 20 years and $200,000 in fines. In addition, they could be required to pay restitution and penalties to the Medicaid program of more than $1,040,000."

I'd say they got off extremely light! But, Andria and her family are connected to the circles Hood needs.

Anonymous said...

If this thief were 19 years old, expungement might be a thought. But, hell, she's a grown woman employed in government service. Expungement will be a miscarriage of justice, and, yes, she'll have her request granted by a fellow African sister.

Anonymous said...

Ah....1:05; please point out to the rest of us dullards what's 'harsh' about mentioning theft and light-punishment and skating instead of going to jail. Take your time.

Anonymous said...

Just an observation, and I am not attempting to make light of any fraud, be it $10 or $10,000,000, but if I read the docs correctly, she was accusing of some relatively minor overbilling on a few cases over a 10-month period. Of the $6500 or so she paid back, about $4500 or so was treble penalties on the roughly $1600 she personally overbilled. Now, again, ANY fraud is fraud, but I just don't see $1600 of overbilling in a 10-month time period as some grand conspiracy to loot Medicaid. And moreover, and generally speaking, in cases such as these, a kitchen sink indictment is sought to induce the indicted party to plead or flip. I don't know anything more about the case, the woman or the provider than what little is here, but what little is here, I don't see looting as much as I see a little bit of stupidity (criminal stupidity, to be sure).

As to the expungement, it does seem a bit early, but she did pay in full on what appears to be the second month of her payment plan, when many, even most, of those under such payment agreements don't even keep up with the monthly payments - see the Walkers down on the coast for a perfect example (and that's the Feds, plus they both did prison time yet still haven't put a dent in their obligations). Bottom line on that is, with no more information than presented, I'm fine with letting a judge decide it whatever their gender or skin color.

Please feel free to continue with whatever wild speculation and uninformed blather you were engaged in previously.

Anonymous said...

She will be hired somewhere else and steal again. She basically got away with it.

Anonymous said...

Kingfish must have a trainee manning the radar board today.

Anonymous said...

How the Bell did she get off with a slap on the wrist? I wonder who she kicked up too.

Rod Knox said...

For those who are truly successful in their theft from Medicaid they have a great future in politics in the GOP

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