Home Health Owners and Employees of “First Adult and Pediatric Healthcare” Indicted in Federal Healthcare Fraud Probe
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Owners and Employees of “First Adult and Pediatric Healthcare” Indicted in Federal Healthcare Fraud Probe

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In a significant effort to combat healthcare fraud, nine individuals, including the owner and employees of First Adult N Pediatric Healthcare, have been indicted on charges of healthcare fraud conspiracy, money laundering, and obstruction of justice. A grand jury in Roanoke, Virginia, made this decision in November 2023, but the legal action remained under seal until the recent arrests and court proceedings involving the accused.

Carolyn Bryant-Taylor, Kafomdi “Josephine” Okocha, Samuel Okocha, Shekita Gore, Berthe Feuzeu, Anthony Kanu, Elizabeth Ilome, Eno Utuk, and Rhabiatu Kamara were all charged with conspiring to commit healthcare fraud.

Bryant-Taylor, Josephine Okocha, Samuel Okocha, and Gore are also facing one count of healthcare fraud. Bryant-Taylor is charged with two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of money laundering, while Josephine Okocha faces three counts of money laundering.

The indictment alleged that the group collaborated to submit fraudulent claims to Medicaid for services that were not rendered, fabricating records and documentation to support these claims. First Adult N Pediatric Healthcare Service, a Medicaid-enrolled home health agency providing various services across Virginia, is accused of being part of a coordinated effort to exploit the healthcare system for financial gain.

The unsealing of the indictment was announced by First Assistant United States Attorney Zachary T. Lee, Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares, and Stanley M. Meador, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Virginia’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit are conducting the investigation, with support from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristin B. Johnson and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Terry are leading the prosecution.

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