On Wednesday, Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that three nurses had been sentenced for their involvement in healthcare fraud. 61-year-old Suprenia Washington, 32-year-old Erica Edwards and 44-year-old Jeff Koon were all sentenced after pleading guilty to healthcare fraud. All three defendants were sentenced to two years of probation.
Washington has been ordered to pay $2,324.19 in restitution, while Edwards has been ordered to pay $2,199.28. Finally, Jeff Koon will be required to pay $2,135 in restitution. On March 12, 2015, Washington was indicted with 20 others in a 26-count indictment involving roughly $30,052,295 in Medicare fraud.
On April 21, 2016, Koon and Edwards were charged with 12 others in a 31-count Superseding Indictment. Court documents show that Washington worked as a Registered Nurse at Abide Home Care Services, which was owned and operated by Lisa Crinel. Washington admitted to falsifying documents and failing to notify officials of the ongoing fraud at Abide. On September 8, 2016, Washington pled guilty to a single count of healthcare fraud.
Edwards and Koon also worked as RNs for Abide. They were responsible for examining the status of patients, devising plans of care, evaluating patient needs, and providing nursing care. Both defendants pleaded guilty to fraudulently recertifying patients by recording false changes in medications and exacerbations in medication conditions that did not actually occur. They also falsely claimed that patients were homebound.
On July 20, 2016, Koon and Edwards pleaded guilty to a single count of healthcare fraud.