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Indictment: Hampton couple stole $100K from Medicaid

HAMPTON — A local couple was indicted Thursday for allegedly defrauding Medicaid.

Maurice Moody, 40 and Dena Major, 48 received $109,000 from Medicaid after they lied to the health care provider about the number of caregiving hours they provided to their disabled son, G. Zachary Tewilliger, U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Virginia, said in a news release.

Major, the son’s primary caregiver, hired Moody as a personal aide and told Medicaid he was the child’s uncle and Moody submitted claims he was taking care of his son while he was in jail and traveling, according to the news release.

The child was removed for the couple’s care in September 2015 because of allegations of abuse and neglect but both Moody and Major continued to bill Medicaid for another nine months and attempted to pass another minor off as their disabled son, the indictment indicated.

Moody and Major are charged with conspiracy, health care fraud, false statement and aggravated identity theft..

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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