BATON ROUGE, LA – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry today announced 18 people have been arrested and two more are wanted by his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit as part of the 2018 National Health Care Fraud Takedown.

This health care fraud and opioid takedown, the largest health care enforcement action taken to date by the joint Department of Justice and HHS Medicare Fraud Strike Force, involved numerous federal and state agencies working together on the front lines in the fight against health care fraud.

“I applaud my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and our law enforcement partners for their efforts to end criminal activity, especially when it is being perpetuated by people who are supposed to be taking care of our State’s vulnerable,” said General Landry. “This week’s takedown further intensifies our commitment to find, arrest, and prosecute Medicaid welfare fraudsters and those proliferating Louisiana’s opioid epidemic.”

“Dishonest medical providers wreck lives, cheat taxpayers, exploit the most vulnerable among us, and undermine the well-earned reputations of the vast majority of providers who are dedicated, honest, and rightly viewed as especially trustworthy,” said Louisiana Western District U.S. Attorney Brandon Fremin. “I commend the efforts of Attorney General Landry and his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to root out these criminals from an otherwise honorable profession, and I look forward to continuing the long partnership between our offices.”

Together, General Landry’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Inspector General, and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office made the following arrests: Kim Pickett, 46 of Iowa, on six counts of Medicaid Fraud. Gloria Abraham, 57 of New Iberia, on four counts of Medicaid Fraud. Tavia Bailey, 23 of Shreveport, on three counts of Medicaid Fraud and one count of filing or maintaining false public records. Latoria Grogen, 40 of Harvey, on two counts of Medicaid Fraud. Ada Smith, 69 of New Orleans, on one count of Medicaid Fraud. Patricia Hollins, 47 of New Orleans, on one count of Medicaid Fraud. Joseph Abraham, 55 of Loreauville, on one count of Medicaid Fraud and one count of criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid Fraud. Ahisha Robertson, 41 of Baton Rouge, on one count of criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid Fraud, one count of principal to Medicaid Fraud, one count of criminal conspiracy to commit filing and/or maintaining false public records, one count of principal to filing and/or maintaining false public records, and one count of criminal conspiracy to commit cruelty to persons with infirmities. Trunnod Rogers, 41 of Baton Rouge, on one count of criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid Fraud, one count of principal to Medicaid Fraud, one count of criminal conspiracy to commit filing and/or maintaining false public records, one count of principal to filing and/or maintaining false public records, one count of criminal conspiracy to commit cruelty to persons with infirmities, and one count of cruelty to persons with infirmities. Jimeshaya Robertson, 22 of Baton Rouge, on one count of criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid Fraud, one count of principal to Medicaid Fraud, one count of criminal conspiracy to commit filing and/or maintaining false public records, and one count of principal to filing and/or maintaining false public records. Stephanie Free, 27 of Marrero, on one count of conspiracy to acquire and obtain oxycodone and to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone and one count to obtain and acquire oxycodone by fraud. Victoria Skeldon, 43 of New Orleans, on one count of conspiracy to acquire and obtain oxycodone and to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone and one count of possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone. Stephanie Faciane, 44 of Metairie, on one count of conspiracy to acquire and obtain oxycodone and to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone and one count to obtain and acquire oxycodone by fraud. John Doubleday, 52 of Metairie, on one count of conspiracy to acquire and obtain oxycodone and to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone and one count to obtain and acquire oxycodone by fraud. Jesse Wildenfils, 39 of Metairie, on one count of conspiracy to acquire and obtain oxycodone and to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone and one count to obtain and acquire oxycodone by fraud. Luis Cabrera, 38 of Norco, on one count of conspiracy to acquire and obtain oxycodone and to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone and one count of possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone. Cynthia Foret, 41 of Norco, on one count of conspiracy to acquire and obtain oxycodone and to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone and one count of possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone. Whitney Swan, 47 of LaPlace, on one count of conspiracy to acquire and obtain oxycodone and to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone and one count to obtain and acquire oxycodone by fraud. Jarrod Doubleday, 47 of Kenner, is wanted by General Landry’s MFCU for one count of conspiracy to acquire and obtain oxycodone and to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone and one count to obtain and acquire oxycodone by fraud. And Bennie Harris, 63 of New Orleans, is wanted by General Landry’s MFCU for one count of conspiracy to acquire and obtain oxycodone and to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone and one count to obtain and acquire oxycodone by fraud.