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New River Couple Arrested in Riverside, California for Fraud Targeting AHCCCS

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Thvoughn Lynden Curry, 31, and his wife, Alexis Daneen Curry, 32, of New River, Arizona, were arrested on November 2, 2023, pursuant to a federal indictment charging wire fraud and money laundering. Alexis made her initial appearance in Riverside, California on November 7, 2023, and Thvoughn made his initial appearance in Riverside, California on November 14, 2023. The Currys were arrested by officers from the Riverside County Sherriff’s Office as they left the Pechanga Resort & Casino, in Temecula, California.

The indictment alleges that the Currys devised a scheme to defraud the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s Medicaid agency that offers health care programs to low-income Arizona residents, by submitting fraudulent claims for payment to AHCCCS. Between approximately February 1, 2021, continuing through March 31, 2023, the Currys submitted over $12,000,000 in claims for the purported treatment of approximately 185 patients through their outpatient behavioral health clinic located in Mesa. The Currys are charged with Wire Fraud and Money Laundering.

A conviction for Wire Fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. A conviction for Money Laundering carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

An indictment is simply a method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

This is a joint investigation run by IRS Criminal Investigation and the Mesa Police Department, with assistance from AHCCCS. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen Brook, District of Arizona, Phoenix, is handling the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-23-1293-PHX-GMS
RELEASE NUMBER:    2023-182_Curry

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Contact

Public Affairs
Zach J. Stoebe
Telephone: (602) 514-7413
zachry.stoebe@usdoj.gov

Updated November 17, 2023

Topic
Health Care Fraud
Press Release Number: 2023-182_Curry