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FBI looking for Virginia Beach man involved in Medicaid fraud scheme

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Posted at 3:49 PM, Oct 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-26 15:01:34-05

UPDATE: As of November 26, 2014, the FBI is still searching for Baffour E. Opoku. They are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to his arrest.


The FBI is looking for a Virginia Beach man who has been indicted on federal charges related to a alleged scheme to defraud the Virginia Medicaid program.

OPOKU

Baffour E. Opoku

Baffour E. Opoku, 48, is the owner and operator of Progressive Counseling Services, LLC. He and nine other employees were indicted Wednesday for their alleged roles in the scheme and warrants were issued for all 10 defendants.

The other nine defendants were arrested on Friday.

They have been identified as Doretha Selby-Diggs, 40, of Portsmouth, Virginia; Lisa Barrett, 49, of Norfolk; Barbara Bing Banks, 34, of Hampton, Virginia; Corey Etheridge, 42, of Chesapeake, Virginia; Jacqueline Harris, 34, of Portsmouth; Verline Harris, 48, of Virginia Beach; Arlette Johnson, 58, of Virginia Beach; Alfreda Stallion, 52, of Virginia Beach; and Johnny Stallion, 34, of Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to a release, the 105-count indictment says the defendants conspired to obtain reimbursement payments from the Virginia Medical Assistance Program by submitting false claims for health support services in 2011 and 2012.

Opoku also faces charges that he failed to report nearly $450,000 in taxable income to the IRS over two tax years and that Opoku, along with Doretha Selby-Diggs and Corey Etheridge, submitted false documents to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, part of the Department of Homeland Security, with respect to a pending immigration matter. The indictment further alleges that Lisa Barrett, Barbara Bing, Jacqueline Harris, and Arlette Johnson testified falsely before a federal grand jury that was investigating this matter.

Anyone with information concerning this person is asked to contact the Norfolk FBI office at (757)455-0100.