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Mo. counselor pays settlement over alleged false claims to MO HealthNet

By Legal News Line | Feb 3, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - A counselor in Cape Girardeau, Mo., has paid a $25,000 settlement over allegations that she made false claims to the state’s Medicaid program, state Attorney General Chris Koster said on Friday.  

Jennifer Kirchhoff allegedly billed Missouri’s Medicaid program, MO HealthNet, for therapy services she didn’t provide. 

Among the allegations were that Kirchhoff repeatedly billed MO HealthNet for a single family-therapy session, which resulted in the state paying her $8,062;

"My office will continue to vigorously investigate allegations of Medicaid fraud and to return scarce health care dollars to Missouri," Koster said. 

Of the $25,000 settlement, $8,062 will go to restitution to the state's Medicaid program, $14,438 will cover penalties and damages, and $2,500 will be used to pay for the cost of the state's investigation.  

As part of the deal, Kirchhoff will no longer be able to do business with MO HealthNet.

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