News Video: Jeanerette Police Officer & Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested For Medicaid Fraud

Five people, including a Jeanerette Police officer and an Iberia Parish Sheriff’s deputy, were arrested on Monday and accused of Medicaid fraud, with investigators alleging the women claimed they were giving care to mentally and physically disabled people when in fact they were working other, full-time jobs.

On a warrant from East Baton Rouge Parish, officials with the state Attorney General’s Office arrested Shakeitha Lewis, Marsha Wilson, Miranda Bobb, Brandi Edmond and Jeanette Favors in a criminal investigation that’s been ongoing since November, according to affidavits for their arrest.

According to the documents, at least Lewis and Wilson were employees for an Iberia Parish-based health-care company that provided in-home care to disabled people.

Lewis, 39, is a Jeanerette police officer who has now been placed on administrative leave, Chief Jeffery Matthews confirmed Tuesday morning. She’s facing four counts of Medicaid fraud.

Wilson, 40, of New Iberia, was an Iberia Parish Sheriff’s deputy until her arrest yesterday. She was a bailiff and had worked for the sheriff for four years until her termination after the arrest on two counts of Medicaid fraud, spokesperson Wendell Raborn said.

Edmond, 32, of Jeanerette, worked for the healthcare company and Arc of Acadiana in New Iberia and faces four counts of Medicaid fraud.

Favors, 40, of Franklin, works for the Iberia Parish School Board and faces three counts of Medicaid fraud.

Bobb, 28, is from Jeanerette and faces four counts of Medicaid fraud, as she worked for two health-care companies simultaneously, according to her arrest affidavit.

The investigation centers around an Acadiana personal care company, Jaba Enterprises, where the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office found that several of the company’s employees were working as personal care assistants while also working other full-time jobs, according to arrest affidavits in the case. Based on a complaint from the state auditor’s office, the Attorney General’s Office began investigating the claims in November. | Continuous News Coverage | Acadiana-Lafayette

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