Thursday, October 20, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia
Phone: (804) 819-5400
RICHMOND, VA—Veronica Sharon Cunningham, 48, of Richmond, Va., was arrested today on an indictment charging her with health care fraud in connection with her operation of Community Neurological Services (CNS), a Richmond business that administered intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) to patients suffering from immune deficiency disorders.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement, along with Michael F.A. Morehart, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Richmond Division; Jeannine A. Hammett, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation; Nick DiGiulio, Special Agent in Charge, United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, Office of Investigations; and Michael McGill, Special Agent in Charge, Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General.
A federal grand jury in Richmond indicted Cunningham on October 4, 2011 for 30 counts of health care fraud, eight counts of making false statements in health care matters, a single count of failing to file a tax return for the year 2006, a single count of filing a false tax return for the year 2005, and a single count using a fraudulently obtained Social Security number in interviews with federal agents regarding this matter. Cunningham faces a maximum penalty of 10 years on each of the health care fraud counts, a maximum penalty of five years on each of the health care false statement counts, a maximum penalty of 12 months on the failure to file tax return count, a maximum penalty of three years on the false tax return count, and a maximum of five years on the Social Security number count.
The indictment alleges that Cunningham regularly and systematically billed insurance companies and the Medicare and Medicaid programs for IVIG not actually administered. She also allegedly failed to a file tax return for the year 2006, falsely reported the gross income of CNS in her 2005 tax return, and used a fraudulently obtained Social Security number in an interview with agents during the investigation.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, and Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Michael C. Moore is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
Indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.