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Principal Among Three Charged With Medicaid Fraud
An Oklahoma City Public Schools principal, her husband and and third man were charged with Medicaid fraud Friday. The charges come after an internal investigation by the school district and investigation by the state's attorney general's office.
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit filed charges against Cynthia Barchue, 52, with three felony counts of Medicaid fraud. Joseph Barchue, 56, and Michael Fenner, Jr., 37, were each charged with a felony and misdemeanor count of Medicaid fraud.
Cynthia Barchue is a principal at Greystone Upper Elementary School, she worked for another OKCPS school in 2011, when the alleged fraud took place.
"The district's own internal investigation led us to contact the Attorney General's office in the spring of 2011. We immediately turned our records over to the Attorney General at that time and Friday's arrests are a result of that investigation," Superintendent Karl Springer said in a statement.
The Attorney General's Office said the Barchues were recruiting students for counseling a YouthCare of Oklahoma. According to their charges, the couple would then make claims to Medicaid for sessions that never happened. Fenner was a licensed drug and alcohol counselor under supervision. The Attorney General's Office says he billed for the made up services and falsified documents.
Here is the complete statement from Springer regarding the case:
"The Oklahoma City Public School District was informed on Thursday by the Oklahoma State Attorney General's office that Cynthia Barchue, Greystone Upper Elementary School principal, will be arrested on charges of Medicaid fraud on Friday. The district's own internal investigation led us to contact the Attorney General's office in the spring of 2011. We immediately turned our records over to the Attorney General at that time and Friday's arrests are a result of that investigation.
We take any allegation of wrongdoing seriously, and we applaud the Attorney General's office for their work on this case. I can assure you, we will not tolerate any unethical or illegal practices as prohibited by Oklahoma and Federal law. In the case of Cynthia Barchue, all documents conducted in the internal investigation were turned over to the Attorney General and are being used as evidence in the case against Mrs. Barchue. OKCPS could not previously take disciplinary action against Mrs. Barchue because it would have jeopardized the federal prosecutor's case.
It is my commitment to the parents, students and constituents of Oklahoma City Public Schools that I have and will continue to report and cooperate with all necessary agencies on wrongdoings uncovered in the district."
Posted: Friday, January 18 2013, 06:44 PM CST
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Obama says nation must do more for fallen heroes
May 25, 2013 10:08 GMT
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the nation must do more than just remember its fallen heroes on Memorial Day.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the country must care for the loved ones the fallen leave behind. He says the country must also make sure that all veterans receive the care and benefits they have earned.
Obama says that, above all, the armed forces must have the support needed to carry out their missions at home and abroad.
In the Republican address, Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe thanks the nation for its prayers and support following Monday's deadly tornado in his home state. He recalls past natural and man-made disasters in Oklahoma and says that while the state was hard hit, "we're not knocked out."
Obama's address: http://www.whitehouse.gov Republican address: http://www.youtube.com/gopweeklyaddress
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