Woman sentenced for Medicaid fraud

Published 5:07 pm Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Suffolk woman has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for Medicaid fraud.

Angie L. Gilchrist, the former owner of A-Z Alpha Omega In Home Personal Care Service LLC, will be on supervised probation following her release from prison, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Gilchrist pleaded guilty to the charges on Feb. 19.

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According to evidence presented in court, between October 2008 and October 2012, Gilchrist filed about 385 false claims for reimbursement with the Virginia Medicaid Program, a health care program for indigent people that is jointly funded by the federal and state governments.

The company was authorized to provide respite care for people whose normal caregivers need a break. But Gilchrist’s fraudulent claims represented that the company had provided such care to 38 Medicaid recipients when it had not actually done so.

As a result, Gilchrist obtained health care payments totaling $294,713 to which she was not entitled. U.S. District Senior Judge Henry C. Morgan Jr. ordered her to make restitution for the full amount.