A Topeka woman was sentenced Wednesday to two and a half years in federal prison for billing Medicaid for services she didn’t provide to patients with developmental disabilities.
Kristina Hansel, 45, was ordered to pay more than $480,000 in restitution.
Hansel pleaded guilty in November 2016 in federal court in Topeka to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
The crimes occurred while Hansel owned and operated Achieve Services LLC, which was licensed to provide day and residential services.
Between January 2012 and June 2014, Hansel billed Medicaid for services that weren’t provided, were supported by false and fraudulent documentation or no documentation at all, according to the plea agreement. Hansel also used fraudulent statements and documentation to renew her license.
In one case, Hansel prevented staff members from calling an ambulance or seeking medical treatment for George H., a client who was unresponsive following an overdose, to prevent licensing authorities from discovering her fraud.
Between 2012 and 2014, Hansel received Medicaid payments for allegedly providing services to five clients, none of whom received the appropriate services. For example, state regulations require providers to help clients obtain medications by employing or contracting with a nurse. Hansel never hired a nurse.
“The defendant agreed with others to commit health care fraud in order for the defendant to make money,” the plea agreement states.