Carr: Georgia Resident Indicted for Medicaid Fraud and Elder Exploitation in Gwinnett County
ATLANTA, GA – The Office of the Attorney General today announced that Quanicia Wilson was indicted on November 7, 2018 for the following charges: one count of Violation of the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, five counts of Medicaid Fraud, one count of Exploitation of an Elder Person, one count of Forgery, one count of False Statements and Writings and twenty-two counts of Theft by Taking. The case was presented in Gwinnett County Superior Court.
“In this case, unfortunately, we dealt with not only a complete disregard for the integrity of the Georgia Medicaid program, but someone’s willingness to exploit an elder relative for their own financial gain,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “That’s simply unacceptable, and I’m proud of our Medicaid Fraud Control Division for their work on this case.”
Quanicia Wilson is the mother of Armani John-Charles, a Georgia Medicaid recipient, and the granddaughter of Beatrice MacIntyre, an eighty-six year old retired nurse. From July 2014 to November 2015, Ms. Wilson used Ms. MacIntyre to obtain $20,723.45 from the Georgia Medicaid program to which she was not entitled. Ms. Wilson fraudulently submitted an employment application to the Georgia Medicaid program, claiming she was hiring Ms. MacIntyre to provide personal support services to Mr. John-Charles. Ms. Wilson then submitted time sheets and electronically submitted hours to Acumen, a fiscal intermediary of the Georgia Medicaid program, claiming Ms. MacIntyre provided these services to Mr. John-Charles. However, Ms. MacIntyre never provided these services and was unaware of Ms. Wilson using her identity to obtain these payments.
During this same time period, Ms. Wilson also accessed bank accounts into which Ms. MacIntyre’s Social Security checks and pension from the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System were direct deposited. Wilson used these accounts as her own, at times transferring Ms. MacIntyre’s Social Security and pension funds from these accounts into her own personal checking accounts. In total, Ms. Wilson appropriated over $37,000.00 belonging to Ms. MacIntyre.
This case was investigated and prepared for prosecution by the Medicaid Fraud Control Division: Investigator Sadarius Miley, Nurse Investigator Nancy Goddard, Forensic Auditor William Deloach and Intelligence Analyst Vanda Russell. It is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Amanda E. Love.