Couple sentenced in fraud

Published 10:36 pm Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Suffolk couple was sentenced Thursday on charges related to a massive false billing scheme through which they defrauded Medicaid by more than $1.4 million.

W. Wayne Perry Jr., 56, and Angela Perry, 52, were convicted in federal court of health care fraud, making false statements relating to health care matters, alteration of records and aggravated identity theft, according to Deanna Warren, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente of the Eastern District of Virginia.

Wayne Perry Jr. was sentenced to 63 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Angela Perry was sentenced to 25 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.


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Together, they are to pay restitution in the amount of $1,459,451.08, Warren stated.

A jury found the Perrys guilty on Sept. 16, following a three-week trial.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Wayne Perry Jr. owned and operated Community Personal Care, a Norfolk business that provided home health care services reimbursable by Medicaid. His wife was an office administrator and executive assistant.

During a four-year period, the couple “orchestrated a massive false billing scheme,” filing about 7,800 fraudulent claims representing services their company supposedly had provided to 78 Medicaid clients, according to Warren.

Further, to cover up the fraud, they directed employees to alter company records, including time sheets kept by home health aides, Warren stated.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Virginia Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.