Three Indicted in Navy Healthcare, Pay Fraud Case
NORFOLK, Va. – Jeanette F. Shimkus, 57, of Chesapeake, Va., and Jeffrey H. Marshburn, 51, and Kristopher Graham-Marshburn, 45, of Hampton, Va., were indicted by a Norfolk federal grand jury on June 9, 2011 on charges of conspiracy, false statements, theft of government property, false statements relating to healthcare benefits, and tampering with a witness.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Mark D. Clookie, Director, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, made the announcement after the defendants were arrested and made their initial appearances in court today. If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of five years in prison for each offense charged.
According to the indictment, Shimkus and Jeffrey Marshburn entered into a fraudulent marriage so that Shimkus, an active duty Navy doctor, could receive additional pay, Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), from the Navy as a married officer, and so that Marshburn could receive TRICARE healthcare benefits as a Navy dependant. According to the indictment, Shimkus unlawfully received at least $27,000 in additional pay and Marshburn filed at least $20,000 in healthcare claims that TRICARE paid.
The indictment also charges Graham-Marshburn, a retired USN Corpsman, who served with Shimkus onboard USS WASP in 2003, with entering into a fraudulent marriage with a Florida woman. According to the indictment, Graham-Marshburn received at least $75,000 in unlawful BAH, and the Florida woman and her son filed at least $125,000 in healthcare claims that TRICARE paid.
This case was investigated by Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Special Assistant United States Attorney Karen M. Somers and Assistant United States Attorney Stephen W. Haynie are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.