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Virginia woman sentenced to seven years in prison for home health care scheme

Crystal Graham
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A Chesterfield woman was sentenced today to seven years in prison for defrauding Virginia Medicaid of more than $210,000 in a home health care scheme.

Virginia Jackson-Wallace, 65, was held in prison prior to her sentencing for violating the terms of her pretrial release. The defendant had more than 50 prior felony convictions, most of them related to other fraud schemes.

In this case, Jackson-Wallace fraudulently billed Medicaid when she claimed two family members were providing home health care to her and two other Medicaid recipients from 2013-2021, according to court documents. The defendant knowingly submitted more than 200 fraudulent timesheets to Medicaid that falsely claimed an aggregate 22,938 hours of home health care.

To facilitate her scheme, the defendant opened joint bank accounts with the two purported aides and maintained control over these bank accounts.

After Jackson-Wallace pleaded guilty to this scheme, and while on pretrial release, she deposited two fraudulent checks and withdrew funds the bank credited to her account as a result. The court found the defendant in violation of the terms of her pretrial release and revoked the defendant’s bond.

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit provided significant assistance in this case.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.