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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman is accused of fraudulently billing the state for in-home care for her dying husband.

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A complaint filed by the state attorney general says 58-year-old Lana Barnes, of Scandia, submitted false time cards and received $110,000 in overpayments from the state between 2007 and 2010. Prosecutors allege many of the time cards Barnes submitted indicted one of her sons was caring for her husband during times he was driving truck out of state.

Barnes argued in court records that she was actually caring for her husband during the time her son was away so her husband should have received the Medicaid payments in question. The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/Z5AHhV ) says Barnes is charged with seven felony charges of theft by misrepresentation.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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