LITTLE ROCK — Two Pulaski County women have been arrested for allegedly bilking the Arkansas Medicaid program out of more than $41,000, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today.
Darann Bright Harrison, 57, and her daughter, Tamecia Dion Bright, 34, both of Little Rock, were arrested last week following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Both are charged with Medicaid fraud, a Class B felony. Both were released from the Pulaski County Detention Center after each posted a $2,500 bond.
The two operate a Little Rock-based day treatment center. Both had already been barred from participating in the state Medicaid program because of previous actions. According to investigators, between Dec. 14, 2011, and at least until Sept. 14, 2012, they sought reimbursement from the program to bank accounts that were not listed under their names, but that were under their control.
Harrison, also known as Diane Bright Harrison, and Bright are accused of forging prescriptions in the name of a Little Rock physician and billing Medicaid for reimbursement. In addition, they are accused of both overbilling for services that were provided by employees or ex-employees and billing for services that were never rendered by employees or ex-employees.
The total amount alleged to have been fraudulently obtained from Medicaid is $41,400.
Charges are merely accusations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
To report suspected instances of Medicaid fraud or abuse and neglect in nursing homes, call the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit hotline at 866-810-0016.