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Hampton man sentenced for defrauding Medicaid

The man defrauded Medicaid out of $109,000.
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Posted at 5:55 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 17:57:26-05

NORFOLK, Va. - A Hampton man was sentenced to over four years for a Medicaid fraud scheme.

40-year-old Maurice Moody was sentenced to over four years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

According court documents, 40-year-old Maurice Moody, and 48-year-old Dena Major, conspired to defraud the Virginia Medicaid program out of approximately $109,000 by submitting fraudulent claims to Medicaid for their severely disabled son’s care, which he was eligible.

Major was the child's primary caregiver and was also in charge of hiring a personal care aide to help, under Medicaid rules.

Medicaid does not allow parents to be a personal care aide. Major hired Moody to be the child's personal care aide and falsely stated that Moody was the child's uncle.

Moody also submitted claims for personal care hours while he was incarcerated and traveling.

The child was removed from Major's care after allegations of abuse, however Moody and Major continued to bill Medicaid from September 2015 to April 2016.

Moody and Major were charged with conspiracy, health care fraud, false statements in a health care matter, and aggravated identity theft. If they are convicted, they each face a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 44 years in prison.

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