Medicaid fraud case continues

Published 5:16 pm Tuesday, July 12, 2022

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The United States Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina is continuing garnishment proceedings in the case of a woman who bilked the North Carolina Medicaid system out of millions of dollars through sham home health care operations in Ahoskie and Roanoke Rapids.

Navy Federal Credit Union in Vienna, Virginia, is listed in the court documents as the garnishee in the case of Latisha Reese Harron.

The document explains a judgment was entered against Harron upon her sentencing last year in the amount of $13,397,221.64. There remains a balance of $13,397,046.64, the document says.

“You are required by law to begin withholding any property in which the defendant has a substantial non-exempt interest or for which you may become indebted to the defendant as of the date you were served with this writ,” the document says.

Under terms of the writ, the bank is required to withhold 25 percent of the defendant’s earnings which remain after all deductions required by law have been withheld. That also includes 100 percent of any other money which is owed to Harron as well as any and all accounts in which she is a primary party or has signature authority.

The writ spells out the garnishment should include any accounts containing a positive cash value — even any IRAs or 401(k) plans which don’t exceed the outstanding balance of the debt.

The credit union’s response was filed Tuesday, July 5.

Harron has requested a hearing on the matter.

In May of last year, Harron was sentenced to 170 months on charges of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. She is currently serving her time at Federal Medical Center Carswell located in Fort Worth.

In September of last year Mrs. Harron’s husband, Timothy Mark Harron, was sentenced to 144 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $4,321,590.39 in restitution to the North Carolina Medicaid Program. He is serving his time at Federal Medical Center Devens which is located in Ayer, Massachusetts.

Mrs. Harron created, and was operating, Agape Healthcare Systems, an alleged Medicaid home health provider, in Roanoke Rapids.

They also operated Assured Healthcare Systems in Ahoskie.

Along with the $13,396,921, court documents reflect that other forfeitable items included a British Aerospace Bae 125-800A aircraft, a 2017 Aston Martin DB 11 sports car; a 2016 Ford F-150 Supercrew pickup; real property held in the name of Assured Healthcare Systems in Hertford County, real property located in Charles County, Maryland, as well as various other items of designer jewelry and luxury items seized from the couple’s penthouse condominium in Las Vegas.

(Lance Martin is the Editor and Publisher of Permission was granted to publish this story.)