Former Adult Day Care Activity Center Owner in San Antonio Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud Scheme and Theft of Social Security Benefits
In San Antonio today, 52-year-old Scherry Lynn Moses pleaded guilty federal charges in connection with a scheme that fraudulently billed Medicaid for services not rendered and for stealing benefits from Social Security recipients, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash.
Appearing before Senior U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth, Moses pleaded guilty to one count of Health Care Fraud, one count of wire fraud and one count of theft of government funds. By pleading guilty, Moses admitted that while operating two Scherry’s Adult Day Activity Centers in San Antonio, she fraudulently billed the Medicaid Managed Care Organizations known as Amerigroup of Texas, Inc., Molina Healthcare of Texas, Inc. and Superior Health Plan, Inc., for adult day care services that were never rendered to Medicaid recipients.
Moses also admitted that as a designated representative payee for Social Security benefits, she failed to use the funds for the benefit of the Social Security recipients but instead, used the monies for her own personal benefit.
The exact amount of money she collected as a result of her fraudulent scheme has yet to be determined. According to the indictment, her scheme occurred between 2008 and 2016. Moses admitted that she sent false and fraudulent bills in addition to those in the two fraud counts to which she pleaded guilty. Moses has agreed to provide full restitution on all of the charges against her in the indictment. A request was made for the Court to set a separate hearing at a late date to determine the total amount of the fraud and losses caused by Moses.
Moses faces up to ten years in federal prison for Health Care Fraud; up to 20 years in federal prison for wire fraud; and, up to ten years in federal prison for theft of government funds. Sentencing is scheduled for 4:00pm on May 4, 2020, before Judge Lamberth.
The Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General and the Texas Attorneys General’s Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Fidel Esparza, III, and Rex Beasley are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
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