Deal Struck in $1 Million Home Health Fraud Case
A Mechanicsburg, Pa., woman who previously faced 70 criminal charges has pleaded guilty to just three charges in connection with a $1 million-plus health care fraud case involving Vision Healthcare Services Inc., a medical staffing and home health care company, according to reports by PennLive.
Rose Umana, the midstate agency owner, pleaded guilty to counts of making false statements on health care matters, executing financial transactions involving criminally derived property, and identity theft — crimes that carry a possible prison term of up to 30 years.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Christy Fawcett said Umana created false identification for employees, including those not certified to provide services for which Vision Healthcare received federal reimbursements, according to PennLive. Falsified documents and fraudulent billing records were also recovered during a search of the business, Fawcett said, noting that Umana submitted billings to Medicare that showed workers performing multiple services for several clients simultaneously in different locations.
While the plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office cut the number of charges against Umana from scores to just three, it also called for her to forfeit more than $656,000. U.S. Middle District Senior Judge Sylvia H. Rambo will sentence Umana later this year, as the plea agreement contained no sentencing deal.
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Written by Emily Study