Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, “Clinic owner pleads guilty in $55 million fraud,” written by Dan Goldberg and published by Capital New York on October 26, 2015.
A 46-year-old woman who owned two Brooklyn medical clinics pleaded guilty Monday to defrauding Medicare and Medicaid out of $55 million, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Valentina Kovalienko will pay back nearly $30 million after admitting she was part of a scheme that paid patients to undergo medically unnecessary physical and occupational therapy, which was performed by unlicensed professionals.
The services were billed to Medicare and Medicaid and the patients would receive a kickback, the release said.
Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, “Richmond Heights woman sentenced for healthcare fraud,” and published by wkyc.com on October 15, 2015.
CLEVELAND — A Richmond Heights woman will spend nearly 8 years in prison for operating an $18 million home health care fraud scheme.
Sharon Ward, 45, was sentenced to 94 months in prison and ordered to pay $18 million in restitution after being found guilty of health care fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, “Brighton woman pleads guilty to healthcare fraud,” and published by The Alton Telegraph on October 15, 2015.
Brighton Woman Pleads Guilty To Healthcare Fraud Offense
BRIGHTON —A Brighton woman has pleaded guilty to federal healthcare fraud charges, submitting fake bills to a Medicaid waiver program as a personal assistant. She also admitted to neglecting one of her customers.
U.S. State’s Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton announced Thursday that Jessica A. Teets, 27, of Brighton, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court on Tuesday to the charge that she engaged in a scheme to defraud a health care program.
Sentencing has been set for Feb. 9, 2016, in East Saint Louis. Teets will face up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.
Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, “Woman receives 5-year sentence for welfare fraud,” written by Ron Wilkins and published by the Lafayette Journal & Courier on September 24, 2015.
Tramillia Ruth Benson-Lewis admitted to welfare fraud last month, and Thursday Tippecanoe Superior 1 Judge Randy Williams sentenced her to 5 years.
Benson-Lewis, 33, of Lafayette, will serve two years under the supervision of the Tippecanoe County Community Correction. Williams suspended three years of the sentence, but she will be on probation during that time.
Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, “Lincoln pharmacist pleads guilty to possibly state’s biggest Medicaid fraud,” written by Lori Pilger and published by the Lincoln JournalStar.com on September 30, 2015.
A Lincoln pharmacist tearfully pleaded guilty Tuesday to health care fraud, admitting he bilked Nebraska’s Medicaid program of $14.4 million in what is believed to be the largest such fraud on record in the state.
Federal prosecutors say Scott Tran, owner of Tran Pharmacy at 2655 S. 70th St., submitted hundreds of claims for TOBI, a tobramycin solution used in inhalers for cystic fibrosis patients, in the names of his customers’ children.
Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled “Pines Woman Take Plea Deal in Medicaid Fraud Case,” written by Wayne K. Roustan and published by the Sun-Sentinel on September 17, 2015.
A Pembroke Pines woman has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes as part of a nearly $3-million health care fraud scheme, federal court records show.
Maria Sanchez, 50, of Pembroke Pines, struck a deal with government attorneys Tuesday and is facing up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines when sentenced at a later date, the records indicate.
Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, “Woman Convicted of Medicaid Fraud Ordered to Repay $41,386,” written by Amy Renee Leiker and published by The Wichita Eagle on August 21, 2015.
A Wichita woman convicted of committing Medicaid fraud while she worked as a care attendant has been ordered to serve two years of probation and repay the Kansas Medicaid Program $41,386.
Joyce Ann Spencer could serve up to a year and a half in prison if she violates the terms of her probation, Sedgwick County District Court Judge Eric Yost said in handing down the ruling Friday. Spencer in July pleaded no contest to one count of making a false claim to Medicaid for billing the program for work she didn’t do between May 2009 and October 2013.
Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, “Charlotte Woman Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud,” written by Sam Hardiman and published by The Charlotte Observer on August 18, 2015.
Three Charlotte women were sentenced Tuesday for Medicaid fraud after scheming to steal almost $6 million from the government, said Jill Westmoreland Rose, Acting U.S. District Attorney for Western North Carolina.
The three women will pay a combined $2,147,550.27 in restitution to Medicaid after pleading guilty to billing the government for services they didn’t provide, Rose said.
Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, “Anchorage Doctor Sentenced to Prison in Medicaid Fraud Case,” written by Jerzy Shedlock and published by Alaska Dispatch News on July 29, 2015.
Anchorage physician Dr. Shubhranjan Ghosh buried his face in his hands Wednesday as a judge sentenced him to three and a half years in prison for Medicaid fraud and tampering with evidence.
Superior Court Judge Philip Volland handed down the sentence for the white-collar crime, explaining a penalty including only probation and restitution would send the wrong message to the community.
Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a press release titled, “Boyd County Woman Convicted of Defrauding Social Security Administration Out of $280,000,” issued by the Department of Justice on July 31, 2015.
Tamira Fonville’s job might be described as “recruiter.” For a time, she profited substantially by enlisting college-age women to participate in a hair show. The problem was, there never was any show, and everything about Fonville’s line of work was a fraud.
She and her partner—both of whom are now in prison—regularly traveled the Interstate 95 corridor from New York to Washington, D.C., visiting shopping malls and other places where young women were known to spend time.