Zachary woman accused of Medicaid fraud

A Zachary woman is accused of defrauding the state’s Medicaid program out of thousands of dollars and laundering more than $100,000 through her Baton Rouge personal care agency.

Agents arrested 36-year-old Sekari Washington Davis this week following a joint investigation involving the Attorney General Office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the FBI into Distinctive Healthcare Services LLC, a personal care agency located at 11762 S. Harrell’s Ferry Road, Suite C, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said in a news release.

Davis was booked with a total of seven felony counts: one count of criminal conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud; two counts of Medicaid fraud; one count of theft by fraud of $1,500 or more; two counts of filing or maintaining false public records; and one count of money laundering $100,000 or more.

An arrest warrant for Davis claims she was fraudulently billing the Louisiana Medicaid Program for services not being rendered. In one case, Davis is accused of paying a Medicaid recipient monthly kickbacks in return for signing up for personal care Medicaid services through Davis’ company.

Over a three-year period, Davis is accused of billing for services not performed, some during dates and times when she was actually out of state. She also is accused of billing for services during a time period in which the Medicaid recipient was incarcerated, Caldwell said in the release.

A review of financial documents showed that Davis is accused of laundering money by transferring illegal proceeds from her corporate account into various other financial institutions. Davis also reportedly paid wages to 10 convicted felons employed as direct service workers, who were ineligible to work for the Medicaid program under Louisiana law.

Last year alone, Distinctive Healthcare Services billed the Louisiana Medicaid Program more than $885,000.

Davis was arrested at her Zachary home and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.