NORFOLK -- The vice rector at Norfolk State University was indicted Wednesday on 30 felonies related to Medicaid fraud.
W. Wayne Perry, Jr., 54, was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of health care fraud, 24 counts of false statements relating to health care matters, one count of alteration of records and four counts of aggravated identity theft.
Perry's wife, Angela, was indicted on the same charges.
According to the indictment, Perry owns Community Personal Care in Norfolk, which provides home health care services that are reimbursable by Medicaid, including personal care and respite care services. His wife is an officer and agent of the company.
According to the indictment, the two orchestrated a false billing scheme where approximately 6,472 fraudulent claims were submitted to the Virginia Medicaid program, falsely representing that personal care and respite care services had been provided to 78 Medicaid recipients by Community Personal Care between January 2009 and December 2012.
The two allegedly obtained health care benefit payments from the Virginia Medicaid program in the approximate amount of $1,328,744 to which they were not entitled.
In order to conceal the fraudulent payments, the Perrys altered the company’s office records, including time sheets, according to the indictment.
"It was selfish. He should have left it where it was intended to go. There was no reason to play around with someone else's money," said Norfolk State student Tiffany Reid.
"It's just wrong, like, there's people that need that money, sick people," said Christiane Jackson, who also attends NSU. "You're supposed to be the man in charge and stuff, so it's just, like, okay, this man is doing bad stuff, who else at NSU is doing bad stuff? so it's just, it's just negative."
Allison Hunter-Evans, who was then an employee of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services, was also named in the indictment and faces one count of alteration of records.
W. Wayne and Angela Perry each face a maximum penalty of ten years in prison for health care fraud, five years on each of the false statement counts, twenty years for alteration of records, and two years on each of the aggravated identity theft counts, if convicted.
13News Now stopped at the Perrys home in Suffolk Wednesday night. No one was there, and voice mails were not acknowledged.
We reached out to several members of the Board of Visitors including Rector Thomas Chewning. We did not hear back from anyone as to whether Perry will step down from his position or if the BOV will ask him to resign.