Virginia Home Health Agency Owners Indicted for Fraud

The owners of a home health agency in Woodbridge, Virgina were indicted last week for allegedly submitting false Medicaid reimbursement claims for services that were never provided. 

Bright Beginnings Healthcare Services former owners Irvine Johnston Kng and Aisha Rashidatu King were charged June 28 with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, 22 counts of health care fraud and two counts of aggravated identify theft, according to the Department of Justice. 

The charges carry maximum penalties of 10 years in prison for the health care charges and a mandatory penalty of two years in prison for the identity theft charges. 

The Kings owned an operated Bright Beginnings, a provider of in-home personal and respite care as well as private duty nursing services to Medicaid-eligible individuals. The alleged fraud took place from March 2008 to June 2011, during which the Kings submitted false claims to Medicaid, falsified audit documentation and instructed an employee to lie to Medicaid about claims billed by Bright Beginnings, the Department of Justice stated. 

Additionally, accusations include the unauthorized use of a patient’s name, date of birth and insurance information on claims seeking Medicaid reimbursement. 

The indictment seeks at least $624,155 in forfeiture as alleged proceeds of the fraud, according to the Department of Justice. 

Written by Elizabeth Ecker

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