Virginia Home Care Owners Indicted for $1.3 Million Fraud
A trio of Virginia home care providers have been indicted for their roles in fraudulently obtaining $1.3 million of Medicaid payments, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday.
W. Wayne Perry, Jr. and Angela Perry were each indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of health care fraud, 24 counts of false statements relating to health care matters, one count of alteration of records, and four counts of aggravated identity theft. Allison Hunter-Evans was indicted on one count of alteration of records.
The Perrys each face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for health care fraud, five years on each of the false statement counts, 20 years for alteration of records, and two years on each of the aggravated identity theft counts, if convicted. Hunter-Evans faces up to 20 years in prison for alternation of records.
Perry, Jr. is the owner and operator of Community Personal Care, a Norfolk, Va.-based business authorized to provide home care services that are eligible for Medicaid reimbursement, including personal care and respite care services. His wife, Angela Perry, is an officer and agent of the company.
Between January 2009 and December 2012, the duo allegedly orchestrated a false billing scheme where approximately 6,742 fraudulent claims were submitted to the Virginia Medicaid program, falsely representing what personal and respite care services had been provided to 78 Medicaid beneficiaries by Community Personal Care.
The defendants obtained approximately $1.33 million of health care benefit payments from Virginia’s Medicaid program through the fraudulent billing practices that they were not entitled to, says the FBI.
In order to conceal the fraudulent payments, the Perrys altered their company’s office records, including time sheets, done with the assistance of Hunter-Evans, then an employee of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services.
The FBI and the Virginia Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated the case, which will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Alan Salsbury and Elizabeth Yusi on behalf of the United States.
Written by Alyssa Gerace