Chevy Chase Woman Sentenced in Health Care Fraud
Jacqueline Wheeler submitted more than $7 million in fraudulent claims to the Washington, DC, Medicaid program, news sources reported.
Chevy Chase resident Jacqueline Wheeler, 55, was sentenced to more than six years in prison on Friday for submitting more than $7 million in fraudulent claims to the Washington, DC, Medicaid program, The Gazette reported, adding:
As part of her sentence, Wheeler was also ordered to pay $3.17 million in restitution and forfeit another $3.17 million in fraudulently-obtained money, court documents state.
Wheeler was convicted July 13, 2012, on "one count of health care fraud and 34 counts of false statements," according to U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., 9 News Now reported.
From 2006 to 2008, Wheeler submitted false claims for services she claimed had been provided to patients at the Health Advocacy Center Inc. , where she was chief executive officer, at 919 Sheridan St. NW, Washington, DC.
"Evidence showed that she used the proceeds of her fraud to support the purchase of four luxury vehicles, two beachfront properties in Florida, and her home," 9 News Now reported.
"Wheeler routinely billed [DC] Medicaid [for] 1,440 continuous minutes of manual therapy for a single patient in a 24-hour period," 9 News Now added.