A Dumas woman has been arrested on Medicaid fraud charges, according to a news release from Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

Shirley Owens, 62, of Dumas, is accused of being married to the Medicaid recipient to whom she was providing services while submitting billing documents for her services, totaling more than $10,000 for services she was not eligible to provide due to the marriage. She is charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, a Class B felony.

“Those who take advantage of the Medicaid program will be prosecuted,” Rutledge said. “As Arkansas’s chief law enforcement officer, I will not tolerate people who abuse this vital safety net.”

Following an investigation by Rutledge’s office, Owens turned herself in to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. She was released on her own recognizance.

The case was referred to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit by the Office of Medicaid Inspector General.

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