Lawton counselor charged with filing $78,000 in fake claims

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LAWTON, Okla.- Authorities say a counselor in Lawton is in hot water after she allegedly billed hundreds of fake claims to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

Officials say 46-year-old Shannon Rose was charged with three counts of Medicaid fraud and one count of identity theft.

According to the charges, Rose billed more than 860 fraudulent claims to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, totaling more than $78,000.

Officials caught on to her alleged scheme after realizing that she was billing for services that she was not qualified to perform.

Some of those procedures included intravascular heart surgery, moderate conscious sedation and medication management.

Investigators with the attorney general’s office spoke to clients who allegedly underwent the procedures.

However, each client denied undergoing any type of medical care.

Rose also allegedly submitted claims for more than $5,450 for a Medicaid recipient who was dead at the time.

She was arrested by the Lawton Police Department on Tuesday.

If convicted of the charges, she faces up to 14 years in prison and fines of $350,000.

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