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Jun 27, 2013 10:06 AM by AP

Columbia woman accused of cheating Medicaid

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 43-year-old Columbia woman has been arrested and booked with Medicaid fraud and filing or maintaining false public records.

The Louisiana Attorney General's Criminal Division says Caroline Spillers Hall surrendered to investigators and was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of filing or maintaining false public records.

Authorities tell The News-Star (http://tnsne.ws/12n1NRt ) Hall, a personal care attendant, submitted timesheets stating that she provided in-home caregiver services, such as cooking, cleaning and bathing, to a Medicaid patient on the same dates and times the patient was actually hospitalized.

If convicted, Hall could face up to 10 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.

It was unclear whether Hall has an attorney.

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