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Attorney General Baker Announces Indictment in Million Dollar Medicaid Fraud Prosecution

PRESS ADVISORY

Attorney General Baker Announces Indictment in Million Dollar Medicaid Fraud Prosecution

March 21, 2003

Attorney General Thurbert E. Baker announced today that a grand jury in DeKalb County Superior Court returned a felony indictment against Kenneth Parker for Medicaid fraud. Parker, age 45, a resident of Ellenwood, Georgia, is charged with fraudulently billing Medicaid for over 1.2 million in psychotherapy services from 1993 through 2002. Mr. Parker submitted a forged provider application under the name of Dr. James McCoy, a physician, to Medicaid and obtained a provider number, which he then used to fraudulently bill Medicaid.

The indictment is the result of an investigation conducted by the Georgia Medicaid Fraud Unit and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Michael Johnson. If convicted, Mr. Parker faces up to ten years in prison.

In another case, Attorney General Baker also announced the indictment of Pamela Winn on 20 counts of health care fraud. Winn was a registered nurse who in May of 2000 enrolled in the Medicaid program as a provider of pre-natal and post-partum services. She operated her company, Silver Spoonz, out of her home in College Park. Ms. Winn billed Medicaid for over a quarter of a million dollars in services that she never provided to mothers and children enrolled in the Medicaid program. Assistant Attorney General Harrison Kohler and US Attorney Joey Burby are prosecuting this case.