Carlsbad mental health center workers cleared of fraud

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) – Medicaid fraud charges against three employees of a defunct Carlsbad mental health center have been dismissed.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports ( that an Eddy County Magistrate Court judge ruled last week that there was insufficient evidence that the trio knowingly committed fraud.

Attorney General Hector Balderas indicted Noel Clark, Darril Woodfield and Michael Stoll in June 2015.

They were facing five counts related to Medicaid fraud, one count of fraud and four counts of falsification of documents.

Attorneys for Clark and Stoll say their clients are pleased with the outcome.

An attorney for Woodfield did not immediately return comment.

Judge Daniel Reyes Jr. is binding over co-defendant Carlsbad Mental Health Center on six counts related to Medicaid fraud.

Attorney Kenneth Dugan says the corporation expects to win a favorable judgment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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