BATON ROUGE, LA – Attorney General Jeff Landry announced today that Nakia Culbert and Claudette Navy have been arrested by his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) in separate cases.
“My office and I are committed to protecting taxpayer money by prosecuting the criminals who attempt to take advantage of the system,” said Attorney General Jeff Landry. “Medicaid fraud hurts the very people who depend on it.”
Culbert, 25 of Alexandria
, was arrested on one count of Simple Battery of Persons with Infirmities. While employed as a caretaker, Culbert allegedly caused harm to a mentally handicapped man after repeatedly hitting him on the top of his head.
Navy, 47 of Breaux Bridge
, was arrested on one count of False Statements Concerning Employment in a Nursing or Health Care Facility. After Navy was terminated from her place of employment for physical abuse of a resident, she allegedly denied having been disciplined for resident or patient abuse on a new job application.
Attorney General Jeff Landry’s MFCU is authorized under federal law to investigate and prosecute if they have:
· Defrauded any Medicaid provider Services
· Committed fraud in the administration of the Medicaid program
· Executed any physical abuse, neglect, or exploitation at a Medicaid funded healthcare facility
Culbert and Navy both surrendered and were booked into their respective parish prisons.
Medicaid fraud occurs when providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled. To report Medicaid fraud or abuse and neglect in residential care facilities, please contact Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Medicaid Fraud Hotline at 888-799-6885 or www.AGJeffLandry.com