2 Virginia women sentenced in Medicaid fraud scheme

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two women have been sentenced for their roles in a fraud scheme that cost Medicaid more than $2 million.

Fifty-year-old Lisa Marie Barrett of Norfolk received an eight-year sentence, while 34-year-old Jacqueline J. Harris of Portsmouth was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday in federal court in Norfolk.

U.S. Attorney Dana J Buente and other officials announced the sentencings Thursday in a news release.

Barrett and Harris had pleaded guilty in December 2014 to health care fraud and perjury. Barrett also pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft.

The charges stemmed from an investigation of Progressive Counseling Services, LLC.

Court documents show that Barrett and Harris signed false progress notes for the company’s clients to support reimbursement claims to Medicaid. They also gave false testimony to a federal grand jury.

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