A former home health care agency owner in Virginia is facing a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to Medicare fraud in connection with her home health operations.
Angie Gilchrist, who formerly owned A-Z Alpha Omega In-Home Personal Care Service LLC based in Suffolk, Virginia, was authorized to provide respite care through the organization. Between October 2008 and October 2012, Gilchrist filed 385 false and fraudulent claims through the state’s Medicare system amounting to more than $290,000 in false claims, according to court documents.
The claims covered 38 Medicaid recipients who in fact, received no such care.
A sentencing has been scheduled for May 22. The case was investigated by the Virginia Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the FBI.
Written by Elizabeth Ecker