This week, it was announced that the owner of a company that provided durable medical equipment had pleaded guilty to a federal charge of health care fraud. The defendant carried out a scheme to fraudulently obtain more than $9.4 million in District of Columbia Medicaid payments. 72-year-old Waveney Blackman of Bowie, Maryland pleaded guilty. She is now scheduled to be sentenced on October 18, 2018.
The defendant was the sole owner and CEO of WaveCare Health Services LLC, which was also known as WaveCare Healthcare Services LLC. The company provided durable medical equipment, such as wound care and incontinence supplies to Medicaid beneficiaries and others. The company became a Medicaid provider in 2008. Plea documents show that Blackman devised and carried out a scheme to submit false and fraudulent claims to Medicaid for durable medical equipment.
The defendant knew that the equipment was not purchased or provided to Medicaid beneficiaries. From January of 2010 to roughly June of 2016, Blackman sent and caused employees to send false and fraudulent invoices to a biller engaged by the company. The invoices were ultimately submitted to Medicaid. The defendant submitted or caused the submission of at least $9.8 million in false and fraudulent claims. Through WaveCare, she fraudulently acquired $9,431,979 from Medicaid.
Plea documents show that the defendant used the proceeds to purchase properties in Florida and Maryland. Further details have been made available here.