Psychologist arrested on Medicaid fraud charges

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - Police arrested a Louisiana resident on Medicaid fraud charges associated with his psychology practice in Mississippi, announced Attorney General Jim Hood last week.

Rodney Hesson, 41, turned himself in to investigators with the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at the Pearl River County Sheriff's Office last week.  He was booked into the county jail and bond set at $5,000.

Hesson was recently indicted by the Pearl River County Grand Jury for 11 counts of felonious Medicaid Fraud. The indictment alleges that from August 2006 through March 2008, Hesson made numerous billings to Medicaid for psychological services not rendered. Hesson's practice was located in Pearl River County at the time. He currently resides in Slidell, Louisiana.

Hesson is scheduled to be arraigned in Pearl River Circuit Court on July 26, 2011.