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Colorado Springs woman accused of stealing $240k from Medicaid

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo, (KRDO) -- A Colorado Springs woman is charged with stealing thousands of dollars from Medicaid through fraudulent billing.

Thursday, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced the Colorado Department of Law has filed charges against Martha Sutherland for submitting Medicaid claims and being paid for psychological testing services that never happened.

According to the AG's Office, an investigation by the department's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit found between August 2017 and February 2021, Sutherland routinely filed claims and received reimbursement for pre-bariatric surgery mental health assessments that were not provided.

The AG's office said the total value of theft is $240,000.

Sutherland, an operator for Front Range Mental Health and Summit Assessments in Colorado Springs, is charged with theft, a class three felony, and cybercrime, a class four felony.

“Medicaid provides essential health care services for many of our state’s most vulnerable residents,” Weiser said in a press release. “We will hold accountable those who would take advantage of this system for their own gain and, in turn, take resources away from those in need.”

According to the arrest affidavit, an individual interviewed by investigators said Sutherland shouldn't have been in her position as long as she was due to "cognitive issues, health problems, and poor organization."

According to the affidavit, Sutherland was arrested on April 28.

To report potential Medicaid fraud, click here or call (720) 508-6696.

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