Health Care Service Provider and Others Indicted on Medicare Fraud Charges
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 06, 2013|
NORFOLK, VA—W. Wayne Perry, Jr., 54, of Suffolk, Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand jury today 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. Angela Perry, 51, of Suffolk, Virginia, was indicted on the same charges. Allison Hunter-Evans, 46, of North Chesterfield, Virginia, was indicted on one count of alteration of records.
Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement.
W. Wayne Perry, Jr. and Angela Perry 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 a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for alteration of records.
According to the indictment, W. Wayne Perry, Jr. is the owner and operator of Community Personal Care, a business located in Norfolk, Virginia that is authorized to provide home health care services that are reimbursable by Medicaid, including personal care and respite care services. Angela Perry, his wife, is an officer and agent of the company. Between January 2009 and December 2012, Wayne Perry and Angela Perry orchestrated a false billing scheme where approximately 6,472 fraudulent claims were submitted to the Virginia Medicaid program, falsely representing that personal care and respite care services had been provided to 78 Medicaid recipients by Community Personal Care. The defendants thereby obtained health care benefit payments from the Virginia Medicaid program in the approximate amount of $1,328,744 to which they were not entitled. In order to conceal the fraudulent payments, Wayne Perry and Angela Perry altered the company’s office records, including time sheets. This was done with the assistance of Allison Hunter-Evans, who was then an employee of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services.
This case was investigated by the FBI and the Virginia Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Alan M. Salsbury and Elizabeth M. Yusi are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae.