NORFOLK-- Lynette Smith, 41, of Suffolk was sentenced Monday to ten months in prison after pleading guilty for altering records to conceal Medicaid fraud.
According to court documents, Smith was employed as a staffing manager by A Caring Hand Home Health Care Services, Inc. in Suffolk, which is owned by Janice W. Holland.
Holland's business provided respite services to Medicaid recipients. The short-term care is provided to patients who normally are cared for by a family member or other unpaid caregiver.
Court documents show that from January 2008 through October 2011, 41-year-old Holland submitted approximately 900 fraudulent Medicaid claims for services that were never provided, receiving payments totaling approximately $630,000.
Officials say that from September 2010 through Oct. 6, 2011, Holland and Smith altered, falsified and made false entries in office records to conceal and cover-up the fraudulent claims.
Court records show that Holland and Smith met with as many as 12 staff members and directed them to also alter, falsify and make false entries into office records.
Holland has also pleaded guilty to health care fraud, alteration of records and aggravated identity theft, and will be sentenced on January 22, 2013.