The owner of a D.C.-based medical equipment provider pled guilty last month to fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in Medicaid payments.
Waveney Blackman entered the plea on July 25, conceding to the government’s allegations that her company WaveCare Health Services LLC engaged in a scheme to submit false and fraudulent claims to Medicaid for supplies sold by her company that were never provided to Medicaid beneficiaries.
According to investigators, WaveCare, which is a provider of incontinence and wound-care devices and supplies, began to submit false claims to Medicaid in January 2010, carrying on through at least June 2016. All told, prosecutors say WaveCare submitted false claims totaling $9.8 million, with the total amount of claims paid out coming to $9.4 million.
The charges against WaveCare were part of a larger crackdown on Medicaid fraud launched by the Justice Department earlier this year. Blackman is one of over six hundred charged defendants who allegedly defrauded Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal and state assistance programs for a total of over $2 billion in false claims.
Blackman is scheduled to be sentenced in mid-October.
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