JC woman found guilty of Medicaid fraud

By Katherine Wartell

A Junction City woman was found guilty Tuesday of Medicaid fraud and forgery.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said that Lavita Nelson, 22, was convicted by a Geary County jury of making a false claim to the Medicaid program and four counts of forgery.

He said the charges stemmed from a scheme where Nelson was hired by her father to be his personal care attendant.

Schmidt said Nelson submitted claims to the Kansas Medicaid program for providing health services to her father while he was in custody in the Geary County Jail.

Nelson’s sentencing is set for April 6.

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