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Fraud in Mississippi: Arrests Made in Medicaid and Credit Card Scams

BROOKHAVEN, Miss.–Stealing credit cards from a person at an assisted living home in Brookhaven and using them to the tune of over $4,000 has landed Octaish Clay, 24, of Wesson and Michael Wade, 23, of Hazlehurst, in jail, said Atty. Gen. Jim Hood. Both men were arrested this week after being indicted by the Lincoln County grand jury.

Hood said Clay was a certified nursing assistant (CNA) when he stole the credit cards and checks and ran up the bills. He said Wade helped in the scheme and that’s why he was arrested.

Clay was indicted on four counts of credit card fraud, one count of uttering a forgery and two counts of conspiracy to utter a forgery. Wade was indicted on one count of uttering a forgery and two counts of conspiracy to utter a forgery, said a press release from Hood’s office.

Clay and Wade were booked into the Lincoln County Jail with $25,000 bonds. If convicted, Clay faces up to 32 years behind bars and Wade faces up to 20 years behind bars.

Also being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Division is Theresa Lane Fisher, 46, formerly of Madison County. She is charged with four counts of Medicaid fraud and three counts of wire fraud, in a separate investigation.

Fisher is accused of bilking Medicaid out of over $300,000 while she pretended to be a licensed physician’s assistant at a downtown Jackson clinic.

If convicted, Fisher faces up to 35 years behind bars (five years on each count), said Hood. She was arrested this week after her indictment by the Madison County grand jury and was taken to jail on a $35,000 bond.

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