Nebraska Woman Sentenced in Health Care Fraud Case
Acting United States Attorney Robert C. Stuart and Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson announced that Chandra Wrightsell, 47, of Omaha Nebraska, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Richard G. Kopf for the crime of health care fraud. Wrightsell was sentenced to 18 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay restitution to the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, Medicaid Division totaling $105,550. Wrightsell previously pled guilty on June 1, 2017.
Wrightsell owned and operated a company in Omaha, Evol Consulting, which contracted with therapists to provide mental health and substance abuse services. Between December 1, 2011 and July 25, 2014, she submitted 1,150 claims to Nebraska Medicaid for services which had not been provided, and was paid a total of $105,550 on those claims.
Wrightsell has previously been convicted of another federal felony charge. On February 8, 2007, she was sentenced to 15 months in prison following her conviction in Omaha for misapplication of bank funds, totaling $102,000, while employed as vice president of the First National Bank.
This case was investigated by the Medicaid Fraud and Patient Abuse Unit of the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office and the Medicaid Program Integrity Unit of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The case was prosecuted by the Nebraska Attorney General’s office and the United States Attorney’s office.