Virginia Woman Faces Up to 115 Years in Prison for Medicare and Social Security Fraud

Friday, December 21, 2012
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If convicted, an area mother of a disabled child faces up to 115 years in prison in a federal Medicaid/Social Security fraud case.

Latecha McWilliams, 32, was charged in a nine-count indictment Monday with wire fraud, health-care fraud, making a false statement and theft of government property.

The indictment identified McWilliams as a civilian employee at Fort Lee and the mother of a disabled child on whose behalf she was receiving Supplemental Security Income. She also received Medicaid payments on behalf of that child and her other children.

She allegedly defrauded the Social Security Administration, the Virginia Medicaid Program and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services out of $27,500 from 2006 to 2011 by failing to report income from her husband, and falsely claiming he did not live in her household.

Had she told the truth about her financial condition, alleges the indictment, she would not have been eligible for Social Security income or for the full $10,329 she received in Medicaid assistance.