Medicaid Provider and Wife Convicted of Health Care Fraud
NORFOLK, VA—W. Wayne Perry, Jr., 55, and his wife, Angela Perry, 52, formerly of Suffolk, Va., were convicted after a three-week trial late yesterday afternoon by a federal jury of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, four counts of health care fraud, eight counts of false statements relating to health care matters, one count of alteration of records and four counts of aggravated identity theft.
Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring and Special Agent in Charge Royce E. Curtin of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office made the announcement today. The verdicts were accepted by United States District Judge Mark S. Davis.
W. Wayne Perry, Jr. and Angela Perry each face a maximum penalty of ten years in prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, ten years in prison for each count of health care fraud, five years on each of the false statement counts, twenty years for alteration of records, and two years on each of the aggravated identity theft counts when they are sentenced on January 8, 2015.
W. Wayne Perry, Jr. and Angela Perry were indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and seventeen other counts of related charges by a federal grand on February 5, 2014. According to court records and the evidence presented at trial, W. Wayne Perry, Jr. was the owner and operator of Community Personal Care, a business located in Norfolk, Va. that was authorized to provide home health care services that are reimbursable by Medicaid, including personal care and respite care services. Angela Perry was an officer and agent of the company. Between January 2009 and December 2012, Wayne Perry and Angela Perry orchestrated a false billing scheme where numerous fraudulent claims were submitted to the Virginia Medicaid program, falsely representing that personal care and respite care services had been provided to Medicaid recipients by Community Personal Care. A forfeiture provision in the superseding indictment asserts that the amount of the fraud is approximately $1.3 million dollars. 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, a former employee in the administration department of the Virginia Medicaid program, who previously pled guilty on May 14, 2014 and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 16, 2014.
This case was investigated by the FBI and the Virginia Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with the assistance of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services. Assistant United States Attorneys Alan M. Salsbury and Melissa E. O’Boyle are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
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. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.