Ritchie County woman convicted of health care fraud
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Sherri J. Slaven, 50, of Ellenboro, West Virginia, was convicted of health care fraud today in federal court, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.
Slaven operated a home health care business and she engaged in a scheme to defraud the West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commission Workers’ Compensation Old Fund by repeatedly submitting claims for various health care services that she never performed. She received fraudulent compensation in excess of $100,000 for services that were not provided.
Slaven pled guilty today to one count of "Health Care Fraud." She faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
"Health care fraud wastes taxpayer money and drives up health care costs," said Ihlenfeld. "The U.S. Attorney’s Office is now taking more of a data-driven approach to investigating and prosecuting this type of crime by obtaining and analyzing billing data in real-time. This allows us to speed up our investigations and stop these schemes sooner, thereby protecting the programs that help the sick and the injured."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Montoro prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The West Virginia Office of the Insurance Commission Office of Inspector General – Fraud Investigations Unit let the inquiry.
U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull presided.