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..