Pair Sentenced to More Than 25 Years in Prison for Medicaid Fraud

Two individuals from Alabama who jointly operated a Medicaid fraud ring have each been sentenced to more than 25 years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $2.8 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Services.

Veronica Dale and Alchico Grant were indicted in December 2010. In fall 2011, Mr. Grant pleaded guilty to a total of five charges from both indictments, including conspiracy, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Ms. Dale pleaded guilty to a total of seven charges from both indictments, including conspiracy, filing false claims, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

From 2009 through 2010, the defendants were part of a scheme that fraudulently obtained tax refunds by filing false tax returns using stolen identities. The returns were filed using the names of Medicaid beneficiaries, whose personal information Ms. Dale obtained while earlier employed by a company that serviced Medicaid programs.

Ms. Dale directed the refunds to different bank accounts that she and other co-conspirators controlled, and she admitted she filed more than 500 returns seeking more than $3 million in tax refunds. Mr. Grant admitted that he opened bank accounts to receive some of the refunds and recruited others to do the same.

A second scheme took place from January 2011 through April 2011, involving Mr. Grant and Ms. Dale along with three other co-conspirators. Ms. Dale admitted this scheme involved a fraud loss between $400,000 and $1 million.

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