D.C. HEALTH CARE PROVIDER INDICTED FOR FRAUD

fraudandcuffs.jpg WASHINGTON D.C. (May 15, 2011) – A District of Columbia health care provider was indicted by a federal grand jury on “one count of health care fraud and 39 counts of false statements in a health care matter.” Jacqueline Wheeler faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years incarceration and $250,000 in fines. Wheeler, a registered naturopath with the District of Columbia Department of Health, Health Professional Licensing Administration is not a medical doctor licensed to practice medicine.
Wheeler acted as CEO of Health Advocacy Center, Inc., which is a registered Medicaid provider. She also owns Sheridan Rehabilitative and Wellness Centers, Inc, which is not a registered Medicaid provider. Wheeler did all the billing for Health Advocacy and controlled the finances of both facilities. At Health Advocacy, Wheeler worked with a licensed medical doctor and billed D.C. Medicaid for $6.2 million as reimbursement of therapy services. Wheeler claimed 22 patients each received 20 continuous hours of therapy in one 24-hour period. There are 1,440 minutes in a day and sometimes Wheeler would bill for as many as 2,910 minutes (equal to more than 48 hours) for a single patient, for a single visit.
Wheeler used the proceeds from the fraud to buy property in Florida, North Carolina and the D.C. area. The United States Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case, and the investigation is ongoing at this time.
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