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Kan. woman pleads guilty to health care fraud

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A south-central Kansas woman has pleaded guilty to federal health care fraud for illegally receiving payments from the Kansas Medicaid program to care for a sister with Down syndrome.

Prosecutors say 46-year-old Lupe Adela Mains, of Pretty Prairie, also pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of mail fraud.

Mains acknowledged receiving Medicaid funds from October 2007 through March 2009 to provide home care for her sister while the sister was really receiving care from another family member in Wichita.

Mains also admitted that she fraudulently continued to collect her sister's Railroad Retirement Board survivor disability benefits during that time.

A plea deal recommends a sentence of one month incarceration, 13 months of community confinement and restitution of about $50,000. Sentencing is set for July 1.