Owners of a Virginia home health care business are facing 22 counts of health care fraud, along with charges conspiracy to commit health care fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft. Officials said the pair gained more than half a million dollars through fraudulent health care claims.
According to the United States Department of Justice, 46-year-old Irvine Johnston King and 40-year-old Aisha Rasdhidatu King, both of Woodbridge were indicted for the alleged crimes. The Kings owned and operated Bright Beginnings Healthcare Services, providing in-home personal and respite care along with private-duty nursing to Medicare-eligible patients.
The Department of Justice said from spring of 2008 through June of 2011, the pair submitted false claims to Medicaid for services not provided. They are accused of providing fabricated documentation for an audit and of telling employees to lie to Medicaid about claims billed.
Furthermore, officials said the pair told an employee to have a patient’s mother sign blank Medicaid time sheets, used to bill Medicaid for services the Kings and the patient’s mother knew weren’t performed as well as using a patient’s ID information to submit false claims.
Officials are seeking at least $624,155 in restitution. If convicted, the pair face up to 10 years in prison for both the conspiracy to commit health care fraud as well as each charge of health care fraud. The two counts of aggravated identity theft carry a consecutive mandatory penalty of two years in prison.
If you or your loved one is facing federal fraud charges, it is imperative to retain an attorney who is an experienced Virginia criminal defense attorney. Call today for your free, initial consultation.