A businesswoman from Las Vegas Pleads Guilty to Defrauding 13 million U.S. Dollars from the North Carolina Medicaid Program and Forfeits a Private Jet.

A businesswoman from Las Vegas Pleads Guilty to Defrauding 13 million U.S. Dollars from the North Carolina Medicaid Program and Forfeits a Private Jet.

A resident of Las Vegas, Nevada admitted guilty to a scheme to commit health care fraud, scheme to commit money laundering, and aggravated identity theft, and also accepted to forfeit the returns of her offenses. These returns comprised up to 13,396,921.64 U.S. dollars, a 2016 Ford F-150 Super-Crew pickup truck, a 2017 Aston Martin DB 11 sports car, a British Aerospace Bae 125-800A Aircraft, a real property situated in Charles County, Maryland, a real property registered in the name of Assured Healthcare Systems in Hertford County, North Carolina, and numerous other items of prestigious and luxury items and designer jewelry confiscated from the accused person’s penthouse condominium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As per the court affidavits, Latisha Harron, a.k.a. Latisha Reese Holt, age 44, originally from Eastern North Carolina, confessed to scheming with her husband to execute a massive fraud scheme upon the NC Medicaid (North Carolina Medicaid Program) by charging for false home health care services. Latisha Harron confessed to then working together with her husband to launder the returns of the fraud scheme into, among other things, luxury and prestigious jewelry and clothing, a private jet, and properties in Rich Square and Ahoskie, North Carolina.

As per the indictments, Latisha Harron established and operated Agape Healthcare Systems, Inc., a purported Medicaid home health care provider located in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. As per the charges, Latisha Harron falsely concealed her past felony conviction for Identity Theft in order to register Agape Healthcare Systems as a Medicaid provider. In 2012, Latisha Harron relocated to Maryland from North Carolina. Despite this relocation, Latisha Harron continued to charge the North Carolina Medicaid program as if Agape Healthcare Systems was offering home healthcare services to North Carolina recipients.

As indicted, in May 2017, Latisha Harron relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada to stay with Timothy Mark Harron, her co-accused person, and that the two married in 2018. The charges purport that Timothy Harron was also an ex-convicted felon and that this fact was hidden from the North Carolina Medicaid Program on registration documents. Harron admitted guilty to accusations that Latisha Harron and Timothy Harron, her husband, then worked jointly to expand activities of Agape Healthcare Systems upon North Carolina Medicaid program, by deceitfully charging the NC Medicaid for over 10 million U.S. dollars, between 2017 and 2019.

As indicted, Latisha Harron confessed that together with her husband, Timothy Harron executed the fraud scheme by taking advantage of an eligibility tool that was entrusted only to North Carolina Medicaid Providers. Precisely, Latisha Harron and Timothy Harron, her husband, looked for publicly available sources, like obituary posts on the internet posted by the North Carolina funerals homes, to spot recently deceased people in North Carolina. Latisha Harron confessed that together with Timothy Harron would then take personal details for the deceased person from the obituary postings, such as their date of birth, date of death, and name. Later, using the obtained details, the accused persons would then query the North Carolina Medicaid eligibility tool to establish whether the deceased person had a Medicaid Identification Number. If the deceased person had a valid Medicaid Identification Number which was eligible for Medicaid coverage when alive, the accused person would utilize that person’s Medicaid Identification Number to back-charge the North Carolina Medicaid program, through Agape Healthcare Systems, for up to a year of false home healthcare services that were purportedly given before the death of the person. North Carolina Medicaid program then paid millions to Agape Healthcare Systems, all of which went into bank accounts operated by Latisha Harron and her husband, Timothy Harron.

Latisha Harron confessed that together with Timothy Harron executed the fraud through the internet from locations around the world, including their penthouse condominium in Las Vegas, their corporate office building in Las Vegas, a corporate office in North Carolina, and from numerous high-end hotels and luxury resorts in and outside the U.S.

Besides, Latisha Harron admitted guilty to laundering the returns of the Agape Healthcare Systems fraud scheme into numerous luxury and prestigious items. The expenses comprised a 900,000 U.S. wire transfer for the procurement of a private jet British Aerospace Bae 125-800A, thousands of U.S. dollars on Eastern North Carolina business properties, hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars in Brioni and Tiffany & Co. clothing and jewelry, and thousands of U.S.  dollars in gym and fitness equipment.

Latisha Harron admitted guilty to the following charges;

  1. Scheme to execute Wire Fraud and Health Care Fraud, in breach of the Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1349, which bears a maximum imprisonment sentence of up to twenty years in federal prison,
  2. One Aggravated Identity Theft charge, in breach of Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1028A, each of which bears a maximum imprisonment sentence of not less than, nor over, two years in federal prison consecutive to other conviction, and
  3. Scheme to execute Money Laundering, in breach of Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1956(h), which bears a maximum imprisonment sentence of up to ten years in federal prison.

United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. for North Carolina’s Eastern District announced Latisha Harron’s conviction after United States District Judge Richard E. Myers II accepted the guilty plea. The United States Department of Health and Human Services – Office of the Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Investigations Division, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation investigated the case. United States Assistant Attorney William M. Gilmore is the case’s prosecutor. The United States Assistant Attorney John Harris executed the forfeiture aspect of the case on behalf of the United States.

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