Raleigh, North Carolina – Submissions of a federal grand jury sitting, on 19th May 2020, contained usurp allegations indicting a couple from Las Vegas with various counts of accusations, including; Conspiracy to execute Wire Fraud and Health Care Fraud; Wire Fraud; Carrying Out Financial Payments in Illegally Obtained Property with Money Laundering and Fraud; Health Care Fraud; Falsified Health Matters Relating Statements; Resentful Identity Theft; and Conspiracy to Launder Money. The indictments were opened, on 27th May 2020, upon the arrest of all the accused.
According to Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney, this charge typifies one of the most ghastly and flagrant Medicaid Health Fraud related cases to have occurred in the Eastern District of North Carolina. The accusations cited a 13 million U.S dollars Fraud scheme that financed an insatiable, social network-advertised lifestyle full of luxury resorts, private jets, and penthouses. The certitude that this alleged offense was conducted on the back of the most vulnerable: the aging, the poor, the disabled, and the deceased is very unforgivable. The U.S Attorney’s office, even during this Covid-19 pandemic period, will carry on with its mandate of ensuring that the accused will be held fully answerable for their actions.
Derrick L. Jackson Special Agent in Charge of the HHS-OIG stated that it is unforgivable to loot taxpayers’ cash from the health care program, intended to care for the disabled and the poor, simply to finance luxury products and a private jet as cited in the accusations. Further assured that the investigation team from the HHS-OIG department will work hard in partnership with other dedicated law enforcers and the financial expertise to uncover and bring to justice criminals filling their pockets with money obtained from executing health care fraud.
Matthew D. Line Special Agent in Charge of the IRS, Criminal Investigation said that they are content with the indictment of Timothy and Latisha Harron because it resulted from the combined efforts from the dedicated law enforcement agencies in the region. As alleged, the ghastly acts committed by Timothy and Latisha Haron in this charge will not be condoned. Further assured that the IRS-CI is committed and will partner with the financial expertise in the region to uncover and ensure that criminals filling their pockets with money obtained from committing healthcare-related fraud are brought to justice.
The indictment cites that Latisha Haron, alias Latisha Reese Holt, age 44, from Nevada, Las Vegas, and Timothy Mark Harron from Nevada, Las Vegas, age 50, collaborated to commit an enormous fraud in the NC Medicaid (North Carolina Medicaid Program) by fraudulently charging the government for imaginary home health services. The Harron’s collaborated in laundering the proceeds of the Medicaid fraud into purchasing luxurious jewelry, luxurious clothing, a private jet, and luxurious properties in Rich Square and Ahoskie areas in North Carolina.
The allegation notes that Latisha Haron had established and was running the internal operations of the Agape Health Systems, Inc., “Agape”, the accused Medicaid home health provider situated in the Roanoke Rapids area of North Carolina by 2010. The allegations cite that Latisha Harron falsified her previous convictions for Identity Theft to register Agape as a Medicaid Provider. The allegation further cites that Latisha relocated to Maryland from North Carolina in 2012 and despite this relocation, Latisha Harron carried on with charging North Carolina Medicaid as if Agape was offering home health services to NC recipients.
Furthermore, the accusation cites that Latisha relocated to stay with Timothy Harron in Nevada, Las Vegas, in May 2017 and the two married in 2018. The allegation alleges that Timothy had a prior felony conviction and this certitude was uncovered from the North Carolina Medicaid’s registration documents. Besides, the indictment elaborated on how Timothy Harron and Latisha Harron collaborated to enlarge the Agape fraud in Medicaid North Carolina through fraudulently debiting NC Medicaid over 10 million USD, between 2017 and 2019.
The accusation cites that Latisha and Timothy committed this fraud through the exploitation of an eligibility tool entrusted Medicaid NC providers only. Timothy and Latisha publicly hunted for the accessible sources, like eulogies posted on the Social media by NC funeral homes, specifically to unearth newly deceased North Carolinians. The couples extorted certain deceased information including their birth dates, death dates, and names from the posted eulogies. Using the extorted information, the couple queried the Medicaid NC eligibility system to establish if the deceased person held a Medicaid Identification Number. After establishing that the deceased persons had an authentic Medicaid Identification Number and qualified for Medicaid coverage while alive, the couples used the deceased person’s identification number to back-debit Medicaid NC, using Agape, for about a year of imaginary health home services citing that they had offered the services before the persons’ death. North Carolina Medicaid, then, released millions USD in payments to Agape, which all channeled to accounts belonging to the couple.
The charge further accuses Timothy and Latisha of conspiracy to launder profits obtained from Agape fraud in purchasing a variety of luxurious products. The proceeds involved a 900,000 USD wire transfer to procure Bae 125-8ooA British Aerospace Private jet, thousands of USD in purchasing fitness equipment, thousands of USD on business properties in Eastern North Carolina, and thousands of USD in Tiffany &Co. and Brioni for Jewelry and Clothing. Besides, the charge contains a confiscation notice, requesting confiscation of a collection of wine and a 2017 DB11 Aston Martin sports car.
Timothy Harron and Latisha Harron are indicted with; Conspiracy to execute Money Laundering violating Section 19569(h), Title 18 of the U.S which carries a maximum penalty of ten years in a federal prison; 11 Counts of Carrying out Financial Payments in Properties illegally Obtained with Fraud and Money Laundering violating Section 1957, Title 18 of the U.S which carries a maximum penalty of ten years in a federal prison; Conspiracy to execute a Wire Fraud and Health Care Fraud violating Section 1349, Title 18 of the U.S which carries a maximum penalty of twenty years in a federal prison; Health Care Fraud violating Section 1347, Title 18 of the U.S which carries a maximum penalty of twenty years in a federal prison; 54 Wire Fraud Counts violating Section 1343, Title 18 of the U.S which carries a maximum penalty of twenty years in a federal prison each; and 6 Identity Theft Aggravated Counts in violating Section 1028A, Title 18 of the U.S which carries a maximum penalty of not less or more than two years in a federal prison each running consecutively to other convictions. Besides, Latisha Harron is indicted for Falsified Health Matters Relating Statements violating Section 1035, Title 18 of the U.S which carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in federal prison.
U.S Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr., for the Eastern District of NC, reported the indictment of this case. The U.S Health and Human Services Department Office of the Inspector General, the FBI, the Investigation team with the NC Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Investigations Division, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division collaborated in the investigations. All the departments worked during the investigation process to uncover the indictment that resulted in the arrest and accusation of Timothy and Latisha. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department did send 6,160,252 USD, as a grant award, to the NC Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Investigations Division for FY 2020. This amount equaled 75% of its funding. The other 25%, for FY 2020, amounting to 2,053,414 USD came from the State of North Carolina.
An accusation is just an allegation and the accused remain innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubts in the court of law.
William M. Gilmore, U.S Assistant Attorney, is the one prosecuting this case. The confiscation aspect of this case was represented by the U.S Assistant Attorney John Harris on behalf of the United States.
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