JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Mississippi Attorney General's Office.
A Crystal Springs husband and wife were arrested Monday after being charged in a multi-count indictment with two counts each of felonious identity theft and two counts each of felonious Medicaid fraud, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
James Jefferson, Jr., age 55, and his wife, Pamela T. Jefferson, age 53, of Crystal Springs, Mississippi were arrested Monday morning, after being indicted by a Hinds County Grand Jury, by investigators of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Copiah County Sheriff's office. According to the indictment, they are each charged with two counts of felonious Medicaid fraud and two counts of felonious identity theft.
Jefferson and his wife owned and operated Garden of Angels, LLC at the time the crimes allegedly occurred. The indictment charges the defendants with using the identity of a medical doctor and a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) to bill Medicaid for services that neither the medical doctor, nor the LCSW provided. Counts I and II of the indictment charge that approximately 269 false claims totaling $408,685.69 were filed against Medicaid in 2013 and 2014.
Pamela Jefferson and James Jefferson were each booked into the Hinds County Detention Center. If convicted they can face up to 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine for each of the identity theft charges, and they can face up to five years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine for each of the Medicaid fraud charges. In addition, the statute requires that they also be assessed a treble penalty of the amount taken. In this case the penalty could be more than $1,200,000.
The Copiah County Sheriff's Department provided special assistance during the arrest. The case was investigated by Investigator Barrick Fortune, RN Investigator Tina Bennett, and Analyst Richard Cameron. The case with be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Sue Perry.