A Slidell woman is facing Medicaid fraud charges after checking into a local hospital under her deceased sister's name – while wearing a T-shirt commemorating her sister's death.
On Aug. 5, police responded to Slidell Memorial Hospital after 26-year-old Diondre Jones checked in under the name of Delores Jones. She gave Delores' date of birth and social security number.
Diondre was treated by the hospital staff, but when they went to enter the name that she had given - Delores Jones - an error popped up saying, "Date of Death Precedes Date of Service". By this time, Diondre had already left the hospital, but she was stopped in the parking lot by a Slidell Police officer.
The officer questioned Diondre, who ultimately gave her real name. When the officer asked Diondre why she provided the hospital staff with the wrong name and information, Diondre pointed at her shirt and told the officer, "They must have gotten the name from this shirt." The shirt that Diondre was wearing was a memorial shirt for her deceased sister, Delores.
Diondre Jones was booked with one count of Medicaid fraud and also had an outstanding attachment for failure to appear in court from a previous arrest.