EL DORADO — A Newton man was ordered to repay $25,000 to the Kansas Medicaid Program after pleading guilty Oct. 5 to Medicaid fraud-related charges.

An investigation revealed that Timothy Stephenson billed Medicaid for services provided as a personal care attendant to a Medicaid beneficiary in Augusta at times  he, in fact, was working at another business in Wichita or receiving personal medical treatment in a hospital in Newton. The crimes occurred between April 2013 and Dec. 2014.

Stephenson, 53, pleaded guilty in August in Butler County District Court to one felony count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program. Judge Jan Satterfield ordered Stephenson to repay $25,000 to the Kansas Medicaid Program. Judge Satterfield also sentenced Stephenson to 12 months probation with an underlying jail sentence of nine months. Convictions such as this one may also result in a period during which the defendant is prohibited from being paid wages through a government health care program.

Assistant Attorney General Ed Brancart of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case against Stephenson.