On Monday, it was announced that a federal grand jury in Charlottesville, Virginia had indicted a husband and wife and charged them with various crimes associated with health care fraud. The grand jury charged 66-year-old Dennis Lewis Gowin with a single count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, twelve counts of making false statements relating to health matters, four counts of aggravated identity theft, 28 counts of wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information and one count of being a previously convicted felon illegally in possession of a firearm.
65-year-old Cheryl Gowin was charged with two counts of making false statements relating to health care matters, conspiracy to commit health care fraud, 28 counts of wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information and three counts of aggravated identity theft. Both defendants were charged last week. They made their initial court appearances in a federal court on Monday.
The indictment claims that the defendants attempted to unlawfully enrich themselves by submitting false and fraudulent claims to Virginia Medicaid. They allegedly tried to file multiple false applications with employers and Medicaid providers. The indictment alleges that the defendants conspired to provide false information about their backgrounds to gain employment.
After getting employment, the defendants are accused of fraudulently billing Medicaid. They are also accused of taking possession of personal health information of patients without their consent after their employment was terminated. Additional details can be found here.