Baton Rouge government employee charged in elaborate welfare benefits scheme

Denoise Wills (Attorney General's Office)
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A government worker in Baton Rouge was arrested in connection to a welfare benefits fraud, according to an announcement from Attorney General Jeff Landry on Friday.

Landry’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested Denoise Wills, 56, of Baton Rouge, on two counts of malfeasance in office and two counts of fraudulent remuneration.

Wills, a Capital Area Humans Services District employee, allegedly demanded personal payments from multiple Medicaid welfare providers in exchange for recipients being assigned to their agencies. Those who failed to pay the bribe were believed to be retaliated against, according to Landry.

“Abusing the welfare system designed to help the neediest of our citizens as means of enrichment will not be tolerated,” Landry said. “I am proud of the hard work being done by my team to uncover, investigate, and arrest those stealing from the taxpayers and jeopardizing our State’s precious resources.”