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Owner Of Harrisburg Healthcare Services Firm Sentenced For False Statements, Money Laundering And Identity Theft

January 3, 2017

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Rose Umana, age 49, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on December 21, 2016, by United States District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo to 36 months in prison for making false statements relating to health care matters, engaging in monetary transactions involving criminally-derived property, and identity theft.

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, between January 2012 and January 2014, Umana, the owner and operator of Vision Healthcare Services, Inc., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, created false identification documents and fictitious occupational licenses for workers. In executing the scheme, Umana then (1) submitted bills to Medicaid for medical services not provided by the workers, (2) billed Medicaid for services provided by someone other than the person claimed to be the provider, and (3) billed Medicaid for services not provided or provided by someone not qualified to provide the service.

Medicaid is the joint federal–state program that provides health care and nursing home coverage to low asset/income individuals.  Medicaid in Pennsylvania is administered by the Department of Human Services.  Vision Healthcare Services, Inc., is a medical staffing company and home care services provider servicing Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry and York Counties and has been enrolled under Medicaid since 2006.

The total loss resulting from Umana’s conduct was $1,184,224. In addition to the three- year-term of imprisonment, Judge Rambo also ordered Umana to pay $1,184,224 in restitution and ordered the forfeiture of $656,421.  Judge Rambo ordered Umana to report to the Bureau of Prisons on January 23, 2017.

The case was investigated by the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations; and, the Medicaid Fraud Control Section of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.  Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather M. Albright of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph J. Terz prosecuted the case.

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