Ellison's office said the scheme cost Minnesota's Medical Assistance program more than $860,000.
8 charged in Minnesota Medicaid fraud scheme
Wednesday, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced his office charged eight people with 46 total counts of felony theft in connection to a long-running fraud scheme.
According to Ellison's office, Trenea Deshawn Davis, of Brooklyn Center, faces 11 felony theft charges. Authorities said she admitted to being the ringleader of the scheme, and told investigators she recruited family and friends to feign or exaggerate medical conditions to qualify them for personal care assistant (PCA) services. She then had others report providing services that never happened and coordinated check-splitting arrangements with PCAs, recipients and herself. Ellison's office said some members of her fraud ring were living or receiving public help in Louisiana, where Davis is originally from, during times, Medicaid paid for care that was being reported in Minnesota.