Acadiana Police and Fire Briefs for Dec. 20, 2012

Caretaker booked
in Medicaid fraud

A Port Barre woman working as a personal care attendant was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Wednesday on three counts of Medicaid fraud for allegedly filing false time sheets, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said.

Hilda L. Demouchet, 44, of the 100 block of Daryl Lane, Port Barre, turned herself in to Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigators Wednesday, according to an Attorney General’s Office news release.

Demouchet is accused of submitting false time sheets to her employer that showed she “provided personal care services to a Medicaid patient on the same dates and times the patient was actually out of state,” Caldwell said. “This resulted in the Medicaid program being falsely billed.”

Demouchet faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 on each count if she is convicted, according to the release.

Medical emergency cited in fatal wreck

The driver in a single-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 10 in Lafayette suffered a medical emergency, which is believed to have led to the crash, Lafayette police spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton said in a news release Wednesday.

Police identified the driver as Shirley Johnson, 66, of San Antonio, Texas, who died Tuesday evening at a hospital.

Two other crashes followed the initial crash, which happened about 4:10 p.m. The people involved in those suffered minor injuries, Mouton said.

Parent accused
of battery of teacher

Lafayette police officers arrested an S.J. Montgomery School parent Wednesday afternoon in the battery of a teacher, Police Cpl. Paul Mouton said.

Benjamin Clarence Phillips, 40, of the 600 block of West Third Drive, Crowley, was arrested on a count of battery on a teacher, according to jail records.

Mouton said police were called to respond to a “disturbance” at the school around 1:30 p.m.

“There was a parent-teacher conference going on and one of the parents got in a physical altercation with one of the teachers,” Mouton said.

Compiled by the
Acadiana bureau