DONALDSONVILLE — The owner of an Ascension Parish personal care services agency has been arrested on charges of defrauding the state Medicaid program of more than $54,000, officials said Thursday.
Marilyn Buggage Warr, 47, 260 Reynaud Drive, Donaldsonville, submitted Medicaid claims between 2006 and February 2010 that her company, Christian Foundation Inc., did not provide, the Louisiana State Attorney General’s Office said in a news release.
Personal care service companies help people with grooming, eating, walking and other basic tasks needed for daily living, said Amanda Papillion Larkins, spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office.
Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies and investigators with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested Warr on Aug. 18, the news release says.
She was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and released the same day on $50,000 bail, prison officials said.
The state Department of Health and Hospitals has also sent a letter notifying Christian Foundation that its Medicaid provider agreements will end due to Warr’s arrest, officials said.
Christian Foundation, 2358 La. 1 S., will be allowed to remain open for 30 days so clients can be transferred to a new Medicaid provider, officials said.
Funded by the state and federal governments, Medicaid is a health insurance program for low-income people. DHH administers the program in Louisiana.