Why OIG is Cracking Down on Home Health Fraud

This summer, the Justice Department announced the largest health care fraud takedown ever, involving schemes across several health care settings resulting in approximately $1.3 billion in false billings. Major home health schemes were uncovered as part of the takedown, and the announcement sent a message to fraudsters—federal agencies are cracking down. The Department of Health and […]

Fraud Watch: Texas Home Health Owners Sentenced

Owner of Multiple Home Health Agencies Sentenced for Fraud The owner of multiple home health care companies and a doctor were sentenced for their roles in a nearly $60 million Medicare fraud scheme, the Department of Justice announced on August 18. Myrna S. Parcon, 62, of Dallas and Ransome N. Etindi, 57, of Waxahachie, Texas, […]

Houston Home Health Owner Sentenced to 40 Years for Fraud

The owner of a small chain of home health care agencies near Houston has been sentenced to decades behind bars for bilking Medicaid and Medicare out of millions of dollars. U.S. District Judge Sim Lake of the Southern District of Texas this month ordered Godwin Oriakhi, 61, to spend 40 years in federal prison for running a […]

Home Health Agency Owner Gets 75 Years for Fraud

An owner of a Texas-based home health care agency has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for her role in a $13 million fraud scheme, the Department of Justice announced. Four others have pleaded guilty in the fraudulent scheme. Marie Neba, 53, of Sugarland, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon of […]

Leaders of $374 Million Home Health Care Fraud Denied Acquittal

After being sentenced for participation in a $374 million home heath care fraud scheme, two home health agency owners and a Dallas-area doctor have been denied acquittal. Jacques Roy, M.C., 59; Cynthia Stiger, 54; and Charity Eleda, 56, were convicted on one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Roy was also convicted on eight […]

Feds Conduct Largest Ever Health Care Fraud Crackdown

July marked the largest health care fraud takedown in history, as the Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) charged individuals in multiple schemes involving $1.3 billion in false billings to Medicare and Medicaid. More than 400 individuals were charged in 41 federal districts in July for allegedly participating in false billings […]

Fraud Watch: Diaper Money Laundering Duo Sentenced

Mother-Daughter Duo Sentenced to Decades in Prison for Miami Scheme A mother and daughter who “secretly” co-owned and operated seven home health care agencies in the Miami area were each sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for their roles in a $20 million Medicare fraud conspiracy, according to the Justice Department. The duo […]

Amedisys Settles with Investors for $43.8 Million

Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), one of the nation’s largest home health care providers, agreed to pay investors $43.75 million to settle a class action lawsuit in an agreement reached on June 12, 2017, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Amedisys investors filed a class action lawsuit after claiming company executives covered up a […]

Agency Owner Sentenced in $400 Million Home Health Fraud

The owner of a home health agency in Dallas has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for his role in the nation’s largest home health care fraud scheme in history—a nearly $400 million scam, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. Wilbert James Veasey, Jr., 65, was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison and ordered to pay […]

Former CareCentrix Employee Continues Fight in Data Breach

In an ongoing battle of a data beach of information on up to 2,000 employees at CareCentrix, one employee whose information was compromised has fought back against the company’s attempt to dismiss the case. In March 2016, CareCentrix admitted to its current and former employees that 2015 IRS statements had been hacked by an unauthorized […]