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Rock woman charged with Medicaid fraud

ESCANABA, MI— A Delta County woman has been arrested for Medicaid Fraud.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has charged Nicole Stouffer, 42, of Rock with nine counts.

Stouffer was approved by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to receive home help services in July of 2021. She was allowed to pick her own provider, and she selected a family member. Logs submitted to MDHHS indicated work was performed from November 2021 through August 2022.

Approximately $8,000 was paid for those services.

Last November, the alleged home help provider submitted a complaint to the Office of the Attorney General. The family member claimed they never agreed to serve as a help provider and denied providing any of the services resulting in payment.

Stouffer was arraigned Tuesday in 94th District Court and given a $50,000 cash or surety bond.

A pre-exam conference is set for July 6th and a preliminary exam on July 13th.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.