SIKESTON -- Two Charleston residents were arrested after Sikeston Department of Public Safety officers discovered they were attempting to defraud the state Medicaid system.
After responding to a report of a disturbance at the Missouri Delta Medical Center emergency room Monday evening, DPS officers began questioning the offender causing the disturbance and discovered that the identity she was using was that of a wanted person. When informed she was going to be arrested, the woman stated it was not her real name and she had used it strictly to obtain Medicaid services at the hospital. The woman was placed under arrest and a state fraud investigator assisted officers with the interviews of the suspect.
"She was raising hell with the staff," said Capt. Mark Crocker. "I don't know what precipitated it, but she was loud and obnoxious with the staff and they got fed up with it."
While officers were awaiting for the first subject to be released from the hospital, a second woman came into the hospital to ask about the status of the woman who was arrested. When asked to identify herself by officers, the second woman also used a false name. She identified herself by giving the name of the first woman who was receiving treatment.
Further investigation revealed she was in fact the wanted person and had allowed the first subject to use her identity to obtain the Medicaid services at MDMC.
Callie Robinson, the second subject, of Charleston, was then placed under arrest for the municipal warrants from Charleston and Miner. Both suspects were taken to DPS headquarters where Robinson was later turned over to Miner on their warrants.
The first subject was released pending review by Scott County prosecutor Paul Boyd who is reviewing all paperwork and is expected to file charges on the pair later this week.
If the woman who wanted medical help had remained quiet, Crocker said, both women would have escaped notice. "It pays not to be stupid," he said. "A lot of these people think that the louder and bolder they are, the more they get away with."
The SEMO News Service contributed to the report