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Minden Woman Arrested for Stealing Nearly $400k from Elderly Residents Pleads Guilty

BATON ROUGE, LA - Following her arrest last year by Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the Minden Police Department, and the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office – Stephanie Hays, who was accused of stealing nearly $400,000 from residents of the Leslie Lakes Retirement Center in Arcadia, today pled guilty to money laundering and exploitation.  

“I commend my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for their hard work in investigating and prosecuting Ms. Hays,” said General Landry. “Today, she was convicted for scamming and robbing those entrusted in her care.” 
“As I have often said, elderly fraud is an unlawful and immoral act that we will continue to investigate and prosecute,” continued General Landry. “I am grateful for the work by my office to get justice for the victims, including a Holocaust survivor, and the State.”

Earlier today, in open court, Hays pled guilty to one count of money laundering in excess of $100,000 and one count of exploitation. She was sentenced to 10 years at hard labor for money laundering and a concurrent 10 years for exploitation. A civil judgment was also entered against her for $390,537 restitution to the primary victim.


Coming soon, the attorney's general office seeks to provide a mechanism by which to take online payments for collections.