Tulsa Medicaid Aide Sentenced in Patient Drug Theft Case
OKLAHOMA CITY – A Tulsa Certified Medicaid Aide (CMA) has been sentenced to a 3-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to stealing medication from patients.
Mary San Juanita Porras, 37, was charged in Tulsa County District Court with four counts of larceny of a controlled dangerous substance following an investigation by the AG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
According to the charges, on Aug. 22, 2009, Porras allegedly took Hydrocodone, Lorazepam and Zolpiden from residents while working at Maplewood Care Center in Tulsa.
Along with the 3-year suspended sentence, Porras cannot be employed in the health care industry for three years and must pay a $1,000 fine and court costs.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has statewide jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute provider fraud and patient abuse and neglect in any Medicaid provider facility. Anyone with information regarding provider fraud or patient abuse can contact the Attorney General’s Office at (405) 521-4274 or (918) 581-2885.
For a copy of the charges, go online to www.oag.ok.gov.