August 25, 2006
MARY’S COUNTY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR MEDICAID
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Rebecca Lynn
Arbogast, 47, formerly of St. Mary’s County
was arrested on August 22, 2006 on an outstanding warrant for charges
of Medicaid fraud and theft brought against her in a two count
indictment returned by the Grand Jury of St. Mary’s County
on May 24, 2006. Ms. Arbogast’s whereabouts were unknown
until her arrest.
charges Arbogast with defrauding the Maryland Medicaid program
through a course of conduct from on or about April 19,
2005 through on or about June 30, 2005 by submitting claims to
Medicaid representing that she had provided personal care services
to a St. Mary’s County Medicaid recipient when in fact she
had not provided the services. She is also charged with felony
theft for stealing money in excess of $500 from the Medicaid program.
An indictment is merely an accusation and all persons are presumed
guilty unless and until they are convicted. Medicaid fraud is punishable
by a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of $100,000
or both. Felony theft is punishable by a maximum penalty of 15
years imprisonment and a fine of $25,000 or both.
This case is
being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney