East Helena Lady Gets 5 Years in Jail for Medicaid Scams

(HELENA) An East Helena female was sentenced Tuesday to 5 years in jail for defrauding Medicaid.

Elizabeth Jones Powell pleaded guilty in February to federal charges of health care scams and tax evasion. After her jail term, she will be on monitored release for 3 years. She will likewise need to repay more than $450,000 in deceptive Medicaid claims and unsettled taxes. More useful information is available at www.medicaidfraudhotline.com.

Powell operated at a physical treatment workplace in Helena. From 2009 to 2013, district attorneys say she billed Medicaid for numerous physical treatment treatments for her, her other half and their kids. Detectives discovered a lot of those treatments never ever occurred.

Authorities say Powell then diverted the Medicaid payments for those claims from the therapist’s checking account for her own use. They say she developed incorrect medical records and attempted to persuade her member of the family to make incorrect declarations about the claims.