Jonesboro Lady Sentenced for Medicaid Scams


A Jonesboro female implicated of billing for Medicaid services not rendered pleaded guilty Tuesday to scams.

Paula Riggs, 49, pleaded guilty to Medicaid scams, a Class C felony, in Pulaski County Circuit Court. In return, a judge sentenced her to 3 years’ probation and bought to pay $200 in restitution the Arkansas Medicaid Program and $600 in fines and court expenses in the criminal case.

Riggs likewise consented to pay a civil judgment of $36,268.76 for restitution and civil charges of $16,964.88 arising from incorrect claims she sent to the program, inning accordance with Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

Riggs was implicated of billing the state’s Medicaid program for services she did not offer as a speech-language pathologist with the Bay School District and billing in excess.

” Paula Riggs not just damaged the Medicaid program, but her theft threatens the income of those Arkansans who depend upon the program,” Rutledge stated.

The case was started by a recommendation from the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General.