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Lawton drug counselor pleads no contest to Medicaid fraud charges

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LAWTON, Okla.- A Lawton, Okla. alcohol and drug counselor has pleaded no contest to Medicaid fraud and identity theft.

Shannon Rose, 47, was charged in July 2013 by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and was sentenced this month to 180 days in the Oklahoma County jail and ordered to pay thousands in restitution.

Authorities say Rose, who is a self-employed alcohol and drug counselor, allegedly billed hundreds of fake claims to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

According to the charges, Rose billed 914 fraudulent claims to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, totaling more than $83,000, for services never provided.

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.

Court documents show Rose was out of town at the time the services were supposed to have been performed.