FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2015
For More Information, contact:
Mike Lewis (334) 353-2199
Alabama Attorney General
Joy Patterson (334) 242-7491
Claire Haynes (334) 242-7351
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AG ANNOUNCES ARREST OF BESSEMER WOMAN ON CHARGES OF
CONSPIRING WITH BESSEMER PHARMACIST TO DEFRAUD MEDICAID AGENCY
(MONTGOMERY)–Attorney General Luther Strange announced the arrest of Sonia Judd
Coleman, 34, of Bessemer, on four counts of filing false claims with the Alabama Medicaid
Agency and one count of first-degree theft of property. Coleman was arrested this morning by
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit presented evidence to the January
2015 term of the Montgomery County grand jury, resulting in an indictment* charging Coleman
for her role in the filing of numerous false claims for payment to the Alabama Medicaid Agency
totaling over $50,000.
It is alleged that Bessemer pharmacist Alan Bruce Connell conspired with Coleman,
whose minor child suffers from a terminal illness, to bill the Alabama Medicaid Agency for
expensive medications the child required but were not dispensed by Connell. As part of the
scheme, it is alleged that on several occasions Coleman took her child’s prescriptions to Connell,
who submitted a claim with the Alabama Medicaid Agency for reimbursement. Coleman would
receive cash payment for the prescriptions. A review of pharmacy’s records revealed that, during
the time period in question, Connell did not have enough of the medication in stock to be able to
dispense the amount he billed the Alabama Medicaid Agency. Connell was arrested on the same
No additional information about the investigation or the alleged crimes may be disclosed
at this time.
The case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit after
being referred for investigation by the Program Integrity Division of the Alabama Medicaid
Agency. Medicaid Fraud is an unclassified felony with a maximum possible prison sentence of
five years. Theft of property in the first degree is a class “B” felony, which carries a possible
prison sentence of two to twenty years in the Department of Corrections.
Attorney General Strange commended his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for their steadfast
investigation of this case. He also thanked the Alabama Board of Pharmacy for assistance.
*An indictment is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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