Columbus man charged in Medicaid scam

The founder of an organization dedicated to helping troubled teens stay out of jail is himself behind bars, facing felony charges stemming from an alleged Medicaid scam.

Aaron Ray Pulsifer of Columbus is former executive director of a private youth challenge program.   Prosecutors accuse the 31-year-old Pulsifer of using the organization to aid in a nearly three-year scheme in which he illegally received more than a million dollars.

Court documents say Pulsifer stole the identity of a woman, then made false reports to the state Division of Medicaid claiming she had provided diagnostic and counseling services for dozens of program youth challenge participants.

Camp Shelby officials say this program has no affiliation with the Youth Challenge program that operates at the South Mississippi National Guard facility.