St. Louis Home Health Care Agency Owner Sentenced in Medicare Fraud
The owner of a St. Louis home health care agency was sentenced to over two years in prison and ordered to pay $398,000 in restitution for false Medicare billing.
Rose Ray-Vasser, 51, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to 30 months in prison. Having pled guilty to fraud charges in September, Ray-Vassser owned Blessed Hands Home Health Services, which provided in-home nursing and personal care to elderly and disabled individuals.
From 2006 to 2011, Ray-Vasser and her company billed Medicare for services that had not actually been provided, also paying patients for the use of their names on the false claims, according to court documents.
Blessed Hands also pleaded guilty to one felony count of health care fraud and was placed on three years probation in addition to repaying the money.
Written by Jason Oliva