MS woman faces tax evasion, Medicaid fraud charges in AR

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News Release) – The owner of Bridge of Faith Hospice & Palliative Care in Helena-West Helena has been arrested on charges separate, but in addition to the previous charges of engaging in a criminal enterprise and Medicaid fraud she is currently facing.

According to a press release from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Charline Brandon, 62, of Cleveland, Mississippi, is charged with attempting to evade or defeat taxes, a Class C felony, from 2010 to March 2017. Brandon was arrested for fraudulently billing the Medicaid program in Arkansas in October 2017. It was subsequently learned that from September 2013 through December 2016, Bridge of Faith Hospice & Palliative Care was paid gross income of $1,567,432.82 by Medicaid and Medicare and never filed an income tax return in Arkansas. Brandon turned herself in to the Pulaski County District Court. She currently faces similar charges in Mississippi.

“Brandon’s laundry list of charges include finding ways to steal from the Arkansas Medicaid Program and avoid paying taxes,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Brandon’s failure to pay taxes on behalf of the company or from her personal income to the State of Arkansas hurt law-abiding Arkansas families and businesses who work hard to follow the laws and serve Arkansans.”

This case was referred to the Arkansas Attorney General’s office by the Mississippi Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General.

Medicaid fraud occurs when providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled. To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or oag@arkansasag.gov.

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