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Memphis woman sentenced in health care fraud case, charged in Paycheck Protection Program scheme

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Staff| November 9, 2020 at 4:01 PM CST – Updated November 9 at 4:03 PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – A 27-year-old Memphis woman has been sentenced for health care fraud and is also facing new charges for her involvement in a Paycheck Protection Program loan scheme.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee says Princess Terry is set to spend 65 months in federal prison for healthcare fraud and aggravated identity theft while also facing new charges for wire fraud and making a false statement in connection with a loan application.

Terry owned and operated a home health care service called Caring Heart Memphis which provided services to elderly patients like in-home aides, nursing and physical and occupational therapy.

In the statement below, the U.S. Attorney’s Office describes the details of the crime:

“Between approximately January 1, 2016, and June 27, 2019, Terry submitted over $2 million in fraudulent billing to Humana, a private health insurance provider, for services that were not actually rendered. Terry’s fraudulent billing practices included numerous instances of billing for home health services on days when patients were actually hospitalized, billing for services in excess of 24 hours in a given day for the same patient, and billing for services purportedly rendered after the patient was deceased.”

Officials say Terry also committed identity theft by forging patient’s signatures without their knowledge or consent on forms describing services that were not performed.

In May 2020, Terry allegedly told the Small Business Association and two other financial organizations that Caring Hearts Memphis was still in business even though it had been non-operational with no employees since 2017.

She was able to obtain $290,000 in loan funds from the Paycheck Protection Program which was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help small businesses fulfill payroll obligations and remain in business.

The new charges are expected to be presented to a grand jury at a later date.

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Often third party companies and organizations assist with health care fraud submitting information to insurance companies and government agencies in hopes of a payday. Those committing fraud often do so without the consent, knowledge nor authorization of supposed patients often signing their name, as stated above.

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How to Celebrate Memorial Day

As COVID 19 lingered on, it left many of us with more questions than answers. Finally we could see the number of deaths begin to slow. While COVID 19 seemed to sweep the world in a matter of weeks brining things to a halt in the United States, we finally began to receive reports that we were effectively slowing the spread of COVID 19. While there is neither vaccine nor cure in sight yet, we could gather some satisfaction from the fact that things were beginning to work in slowing the spread of the virus. As we entered phase one of reopening and things seem to be returning to normal, in the back of our minds we know that things will inevitable not be the same. COVID 19 has caused us to rethink many things. How we work, socialize, shop and celebrate just to name a few. Many of us are sporting hair styles and facial hair that was totally different a few months ago because barber shops and salons are closed to the public.

As things reopen, we wonder what the new normal will be. We believe healthy will be the new normal. While many communities such as the African American and elderly communities got hit the hardest because of pre existing health conditions, many are left grappling with the fact that preexisting health conditions make them susceptible to disease and illness. So, one must reconsider having preexisting conditions at all and rethink how they define healthy. Preexisting health conditions cannot simply be left to linger. If we allow illness to linger, than we are not the fittest and many of them did not survive this pandemic.

Memorial Day is a day to celebrate those who have fallen in the line out duty. It is a time to gather and often eat. Many people have cookouts during this time. With Memorial Day just around the corner many of us are wondering just how to celebrate Memorial Day. The Military is huge in a town home to the largest Naval Base in the United States (Norfolk, Virginia), so is Memorial Day. While we are still in phase one of reopening, gatherings are still limited to just 10 people and we still have to be cognizant of the fact that COVID 19 can remain on surfaces for hours to days.

While we highly recommend following all the recommended and enforced guidelines, we recently had a cook out without any issue. Our gathering was about seven people and we were highly organized and clean when we cooked out. So, we believe that you can still celebrate Memorial Day with a traditional cookout but just on a small or smaller scale. You might have to forgo any traditions of fireworks or events with large gatherings as they are still being discouraged.

COVID 19 has caused many people to rethink how they stay connected and socialize with many people making use of software such as zoom and Google hangout. What are ways that you can celebrate and acknowledge Memorial Day here with us? What is your favorite salad recipe? Submit it via a comment or email it to us. Share your recipe with the community. How can you make your favorite recipes organic recipes? Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing.

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