Bracken County woman convicted for attempted forgery after Medicaid fraud investigation

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kayla Ruf, 27, of Bracken County was convicted for attempted forgery. The conviction comes off of an investigation led by the Medicaid Fraud Unit and resulted in almost $5,000 in compensation for the Kentucky Medicaid Program.

Ruf provided in-home care for a Medicaid Waiver recipient. During that time, she falsified, forged and submitted a series of time sheets for almost three months to get paid for services she did not provide.

“Exploiting a vulnerable adult in order to defraud Kentucky’s Medicaid Waiver Program is unacceptable,” said Attorney General Daniel Cameron. “Our Medicaid Fraud Unit is committed to seeking justice for Kentuckians in Medicaid fraud cases. I am grateful to the Mason County Attorney’s Office, Detective Mike McGuffey, and Assistant Attorney General Dianna Y. L. Miller, along with investigators from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, for their work in this case.”

Ruf has a history with charges of this kind. She was charged on September 19, 2020 in Mason County District Court with one count of forgery in the second degree, a Class D Felony, as well as one count of knowing exploitation of an adult over $300, a Class C Felony.

On June 14, 2021, Ruf pled guilty to a criminal attempt to commit forgery in the second degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Judge Kim Razor sentenced Ruf to serve 180 days, conditionally discharged for two years. She was required to pay $4,855 in restitution as part of the agreement.

This case was prosecuted on behalf of the Commonwealth by Mason County Attorney John Estill. Detective Mike McGuffey and Assistant Attorney General Dianna Y. L. Miller of the Attorney General’s Office investigated the case, with the assistance of investigators from the Office of the Inspector General within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

To file a Medicaid fraud or abuse complaint, visit ag.ky.gov/Medicaidfraud or call the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Hotline at 1-877-ABUSE TIP (1-877-228-7384).

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