Former Director of Billing at Preferred Family Health Arrested for Medicaid Fraud

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News Release)- Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Tuesday the arrest of the former Director of Billing at Preferred Family Health.
Helen Balding, 47, of New Braunfels, Texas, formerly of Fayetteville, is accused of making false statements knowingly causing the Arkansas Medicaid Program to overpay Preferred Family Health from January 2015 to October 2017, totaling about $2.2 million. 

Following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office, Balding turned herself into the Independence County Sheriff’s Department. 

She faces two counts of Medicaid Fraud, Class A and Class B felonies.
In June, Rutledge announced the arrest of former Preferred Family Health Director of Program Integrity and Director of Operations, Robin Raveendran, of Little Rock, for scamming the Arkansas Medicaid Program of $2.2 million during the same timeframe. Raveendran is also a former Senior Auditor with Arkansas’s Medicaid Program Integrity Unit. 

Balding is accused of being an accomplice to Raveendran and other individuals known and unknown to the Office of the Attorney General.

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