Crystal Springs couple arrested for Medicaid fraud

James and Pamela Jefferson

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) —  A Crystal Springs couple is jailed for Medicaid fraud.

Authorities arrested 55-year-old James Jefferson Jr. and 53-year-old Pamela Jefferson on Monday.

An indictment alleges that the Jeffersons owned Garden of Angels, LLC. They are accused of using the identity of a medical doctor and a licensed social worker to bill Medicaid for services that the doctor and the social worker didn’t do.

They are charged with two counts of felonious Medicaid fraud and two counts of felonious identity theft.  Counts I and II of the indictment charge that approximately 269 false claims totaling $408,685.69 were filed against Medicaid in 2013 and 2014.

If convicted they can face up to 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine for each of the identity theft charges, and they can face up to five years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine for each of the Medicaid fraud charges.

 

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