Portsmouth woman indicted on felony theft, Medicaid fraud charges

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CONCORD — Attorney General John M. Formella announced that Sherry Samuel, 49, of Portsmouth, has been indicted for felony theft and Medicaid fraud after a state investigation into fraudulent mileage reimbursement claims.

The New Hampshire Department of Justice Medicaid Fraud Control Unit launched an investigation in September following reports that Samuel was submitting fraudulent mileage reimbursement requests.

According to the findings, Samuel had used a Bartlett address for her claims while living in Portsmouth, leading to an unwarranted reimbursement of $45,463.95.

Samuel faces a class A felony charge of Theft by Deception for allegedly controlling funds over $1,500 from the New Hampshire Medicaid program between September 28, 2020, and November 30, 2022, with intent to deprive.

Additionally, she is charged with two class B felony counts of Medicaid Fraud for making or causing false claims for Medicaid services within the same period.

Arraignment for Samuel is set for Feb. 15.

While these charges carry a presumption of innocence until proven guilty, class A felonies may result in 7 ½ to 15 years in state prison and a $4,000 fine, and class B felonies could lead to 3 ½ to 7 years and the same fine amount.

Investigators John Lannon and Timothy Brackett led the case investigation, with Assistant Attorney General Andrew Yourell and Attorney Connor Buchholz prosecuting.

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit urges anyone with information on healthcare provider fraud to contact them at (603) 271-1246.

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