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Family Sentenced in Connection with Scheme to Defraud Veterans Affairs in Ocala, FL

pexels-aaron-schwartz-1093645-300x200Three family members from Ocala, FL, have been sentenced for their alleged roles in a scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs out of over $300,000.

Miller Wilson Jr., 50, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud as well as solicitation and receipt of a health care kickback. His wife, 43-year-old Erica Wilson, was sentenced to five years of probation for conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud.

The couple’s daughter, Myoshi Wilson, 26, had previously been sentenced to five years’ probation for making false statements to law enforcement. She was arrested on a violation of that probationary sentence on November 4, 2020, and was re-sentenced for six months imprisonment, followed by 30 months of supervised release, for violation of probation.

Court records show the male defendant was an employee at a Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) clinic located in The Villages. He was reportedly tasked with organizing transportation for veterans who needed medical care. From 2014 to 2016, he allegedly received cash kickbacks from transportation companies in exchange for contracts from the VA.

From 2016 to 2017, he purportedly conspired with his wife and daughter to open and manage two different transportation companies in order to conduct similar schemes. He allegedly used his position in the VA to secure contracts for the companies he opened with his wife and daughter. Over the course of 17 months, the two companies billed the federal government over $305,000, according to court records.

“VA employees are public servants with a solemn duty to care for our nation’s veterans,” said David Spilker, Special Agent in Charge of the VA – Office of Inspector General’s Southeast Field Office. “The sentencing of these three defendants demonstrates the VA OIG’s commitment to holding accountable anyone who abuses their position to enrich themselves. The VA OIG thanks the U.S. Attorney’s Office for its strong partnership in sending a clear message that VA employees will be held to the highest ethical standards, which preserves the public trust in VA.”

All three of the family members pleaded guilty for their alleged roles in the scheme. The 50-year old defendant pleaded guilty on August 26, his wife pleaded guilty on March 5, and his daughter, who allegedly made false statements to a federal agent last year to hide the conspiracy, pleaded guilty on February 18.

Medical billing is a complex system with constantly evolving procedures and regulations. At times, a misunderstanding involving a bill by a healthcare provider can quickly lead to a federal fraud investigation. In these cases, “fraud” refers to any intentional attempt to misrepresent the procedures, services, or equipment provided to a patient.

Considering the severity of a fraud conviction, any healthcare provider in South Florida accused of committing fraud involving federal programs should immediately consult an experienced white-collar criminal defense attorney. The right lawyer can preserve your rights during the investigation and craft a good defense against federal fraud charges.

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Are you accused of committing fraud in South Florida? Contact Brian Silber, P.A. to set up a free initial consultation with one of South Florida’s most experienced fraud defense attorneys.

Source: 12.8.20 Three family members sentenced in connection with defrauding veterans health care in the villages.pdf

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