Dothan woman sentenced to prison for Medicaid fraud

Dothan woman sentenced to prison for Medicaid fraud

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A Dothan woman is set to serve prison time after the Alabama Attorney General's Office says she committed Medicaid fraud.

According to Alabama Attorney General Steven T. Marshall, Catrina R. Copeland, 43, was sentenced to serve five months in prison and five months of home confinement for defrauding the state's Medicaid agency and the federal government.

The Attorney General's Office says Copeland was the owner of The Counseling Place, a Dothan company that contracted with the Medicaid to provide counseling services for at-risk youth. Records indicate the company received most of its business through school and juvenile court referrals.

An investigation found Copeland was billing Medicaid for counseling services that were never actually provided, according to the Medicaid fraud control unit.

"When you defraud Medicaid, you are stealing from every taxpayer," stated Acting U.S. Attorney Morris. "The U.S. Attorney's Office is dedicated to working with our law enforcement partners to identify this type of criminal activity and bring the wrongdoers to justice."

"Medicaid fraud not only targets taxpayers but also victimizes the most vulnerable of our state who rely on Medicaid services for their well-being," said Attorney General Steven T. Marshall. "I applaud the partnership of the Alabama Medicaid Agency, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office for working as a team to secure a conviction in this case.  Medicaid fraud will not be tolerated and those who commit such crimes will be held to account."

No other information about Copeland's sentence or the case has been made available for public release.

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