Former counselor arrested on Medicaid fraud charges

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A former Troy area councilor has been arrested on charges she defrauded the Alabama Medicaid Agency, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall confirmed Monday.

Yvonne Bradford-Porterfield, 61, formerly of Troy, surrendered at the Montgomery County Detention Facility Monday. Bradford-Porterfield was indicted in April 2017 by a Montgomery County grand jury based on evidence presented by the AG's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

The woman, who lived outside the state before the indictment was handed down, is accused of submitting claims to the state Medicaid Agency for counseling sessions for at-risk youth via the company she owned, Troy-based Because We Care Counseling.

Prosecutors say the counseling she submitted claims for never happened and Bradford-Porterfield was improperly paid $11,000 as a result.

Facing one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of first-degree theft of property, Bradford-Porterfield faces up to 20 years in prison on the theft charge and up to 10 years in prison on the fraud charge, both of which are felonies.

She has since been released on a $10,000 bond.

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