Couple indicted in Medicaid fraud scheme

Published 10:20 pm Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Suffolk couple has been indicted by a federal grand jury on an alleged Medicaid fraud scheme that cost the state more than $1.3 million, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

W. Wayne Perry Jr., 54, and his wife, Angela Perry, 51, were indicted on one count each of health care fraud, 24 counts each of false statements relating to health care matters, one count each of alteration of records and four counts each of aggravated identity theft.

Also indicted was Allison Hunter-Evans, 46, of North Chesterfield, who was an employee of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services. The grand jury accuses her of assisting in the scheme.

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According to the indictment, W. Wayne Perry Jr. is the owner and operator of Community Personal Care, based in Norfolk. His wife is an officer and agent of the company.

Between January 2009 and December 2012, the two allegedly orchestrated a false billing scheme where 6,472 fraudulent claims were submitted to the Virginia Medicaid program, claiming that personal care and respite care services had been provided to 78 Medicaid recipients. In reality, the services were not provided, according to the indictments.

The defendants allegedly altered the company’s records to conceal the fraud and collected $1,328,744 to which they were not entitled.

The Perrys each face a maximum sentence of 158 years in prison. Hunter-Evans faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.