Woman gets six years for Medicaid fraud

Published 9:44 pm Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Suffolk woman was sentenced to more than six years in prison for Medicaid fraud that stole more than $630,000 from the state.

Janice W. Holland, 42, received the sentence Tuesday in Norfolk federal court. She received 51 months for health care fraud and alteration of records and 24 months for aggravated identity theft for a total of six years and three months.

According to court documents, Holland owned and operated A Caring Hand Home Health Care Services Inc., which had an office on West Washington Street. It was authorized to provide respite care to Medicaid patients.

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However, between January 2008 and October 2011, Holland filed 939 fraudulent claims with the Virginia Medicaid program, saying respite care had been provided to 30 Medicaid recipients when no such care had actually been provided.

She used the recipients’ names, dates of birth and Medicaid identification numbers to file the claims. As a result, she obtained payments in the amount of $630,339.30 to which she was not entitled. She also altered her office records to conceal her false billings.

In addition to her prison sentence, Holland was ordered to pay restitution for the full amount of her fraud.