A Woodbridge couple was convicted in a federal court Friday for defrauding Medicaid and committing identity theft.
Irvine Johnston King, 46, and Aisha Rashidatu King, 40, were the owners of Bright Beginnings Healthcare Services, a Woodbridge-based business that provided in-home care and private nursing services to people on Medicaid. From March 2008 to June 2011, the Kings submitted false claims, fabricated documentation in an audit and told an employee to lie to Medicaid.
"In addition, the Kings instructed an employee to convince a patient’s mother to lie to Medicaid regarding the false claims and asked the parent of a patient to sign blank Medicaid time sheets that were used as a basis to bill Medicaid for services that the Kings knew had not been performed," the office of U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride noted in a press release.
The Kings also used a patient's personal information on a claim, without having the authority to do so.
They were convicted at the end of a jury trial and are scheduled for sentencing on March 22.