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Woodbridge health care facility owners indicted on Medicaid fraud charges

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The owners of a Woodbridge health care facility have been indicted on allegations that they swindled the government of more than $600,000 in Medicaid funding for services not provided.

Government officials say that Irvine Johnston King and Aisha Rashidatu King, the owners of Woodbridge-based Bright Beginnings Healthcare Services, were charged Thursday on 22 counts each of health care fraud and multiple counts of conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.

The indictment against the Kings says that between March 2008 and June 2011, their business defrauded Medicaid by submitting false claims for services not provided, fabricating official documents and forcing an employee to lie about Medicaid claims.

They also allegedly told an employee of Bright Beginnings to lie to Medicaid themselves and sign blank time sheets, which allowed them to bill the government for fraudulent services.

In addition, the indictment said that the owners used the name, date of birth and insurance information of a patient to claim Medicaid reimbursement. In total, the government says the Kings owe the government at least $624,155 as proceeds of the fraud.

The Kings face decades in prison if convicted on all charges.

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