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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A personal care services provider has been ordered to pay the state of Missouri nearly $150,000 for fraudulently billing Medicaid for services it never provided.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced the $149,414 settlement against Angel’s Care Inc. in a news release Thursday. According to the release, the company does business as Angel’s Care Home Health Services in St. Louis and “allows qualified Medicaid recipients to receive personal care services in their own homes.”

An investigation by the Attorney General’s office found the company, owned and operated by Tawanda Gregory, “failed to provide several of its elderly and disabled clients the personal care services for which the company billed Medicaid.” The release goes on to state that in at least two cases the company claimed to have provided services after clients had died.

The alleged fraud occurred between September 2009 and November of 2012, according to the Attorney General’s office.

“One of my top priorities as Attorney General is to enforce our laws against those who cheat Missouri taxpayers by committing Medicaid fraud,” Koster said in the release. “We will continue to search for individuals who would perpetrate this kind of fraud, and recover public money stolen from our health care system.”

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