Local couple indicted for Medicaid fraud
Published 12:02 am Wednesday, February 16, 2011
The Covington County grand jury has indicted an Andalusia couple for Medicaid fraud.
The couple, Kimberly Ainsworth and Randy Ainsworth, is charged with one count each of Medicaid fraud, a class C felony.
According to the indictment, the couple allegedly “failed to list their income from Jan. 1, 2004, to May 25, 2010, in preparation of a claim or application for medical benefits from the state of Alabama Medicaid Agency.”
Medicaid is the state/federal program that pays for medical and long-term care services for low-income pregnant women, children, certain people on Medicare, individuals with disabilities and nursing home residents. Individuals must meet certain income and other requirements to qualify for benefits.
Randy Ainsworth was arrested Dec. 20, 2010, and released then on a $25,000 bond. He appeared before Judge Lex Short in January and entered a plea of not guilty to the charge.
Kimberly Ainsworth was arrested Monday and is currently being held in the Covington County Jail under a $25,000 bond.
If convicted, each could face a penalty of one to 10 years imprisonment and fines up to $15,000.