Deputy coroner pleads guilty in Medicaid theft

Deputy coroner pleads guilty in Medicaid theft

Credit: Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office

Shaiyenne Anton

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 12:23 PM

TWIN FALLS -- A former Twin Falls County deputy coroner has reached a plea agreement in a Medicaid fraud case.

The Times-News reports 40-year-old Shaiyenne Anton entered an Alford plea Monday to grand theft and provider fraud. In an Alford plea, a defendant doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to gain a conviction.

Prosecutors plan to ask that Anton serve at least a year in prison and pay $47,500 in restitution when she is sentenced on Feb. 18.

Prosecutors say Anton lied about taking Medicaid patients to and from medical appointments and billed for nearly $106,000 in mileage reimbursements over the course of a decade. An investigation found Anton reported taking patients to doctor's appointments on days she was working in the coroner's office.

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