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Jun 10, 2014 8:32 AM by AP

9 indicted in Medicaid fraud scheme

The state Attorney General's Office says nine people have been indicted in a Medicaid fraud scheme involving a Zachary business.

Steven Hartmann, spokesman for the Attorney General's Office, said an audit by the state Department of Health and Human Services revealed Empowering Care Services LLC fraudulently billed Medicaid for services that were never rendered.

Hartmann tells The Advocate the audit also found Chanda Hall, the owner of Empowering Care Services, allegedly made illegal payments to Medicaid recipients, kept false records and funneled the ill-gotten money into other businesses, violating the Louisiana Racketeering Act.

It was unclear whether Hall and the others charged have attorneys.

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