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Lafayette hospice care owner defrauds Medicare of more than $1.5 million

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Posted at 11:53 AM, Apr 06, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-06 12:59:52-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — After a trial that lasted nearly four weeks, a federal jury has delivered a guilty verdict against 50-year-old Kristal Glover-Wing of Broussard for one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and three counts of health care fraud, announced United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown.

The United States Attorney's Office listed Glover-Wing as the former owner of Angel Care Hospice (“Angel Care”), which provided hospice services in Lafayette Parish as well as other parishes in the Western District.

According to Attorney Brown, from approximately 2009 to 2017, Angel Care failed to meet the required criteria set by Medicare by placing over 24 patients, who had not been diagnosed with a terminal illness, on hospice. Many of the patients testified that they never knew that they had been placed on hospice.

Many of the patients were leading normal lives while on hospice care. While most lived with medical conditions, none had been diagnosed as being terminally ill. The fraudulent claims submitted to Medicare and reimbursed to Angel Care resulted in a total loss of approximately $1,539,161.10 to Medicare, officials report.

“Krystal Glover-Wing defrauded the government and we thank the jury for holding her accountable. We will now move forward to her sentencing hearing,” stated U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown. “I thank the trial team and investigators for staying the course throughout years of investigating and a hard-fought trial. Although the doctors in this case were ultimately acquitted, we as prosecutors present the facts to a federal grand jury when we truly believe there has been a violation of federal law that we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt. Furthermore, if the grand jury decides to indict, we are not afraid to proceed to trial and give a federal trial jury the chance to ultimately decide someone’s guilt or innocence based on the evidence that we have. The verdict rendered in this case is evidence that the system can be just, fair and the trial jury has the ultimate prerogative to convict or acquit.”

“Whenever Medicare providers are motivated by greed, our most vulnerable citizens, the elderly, are put at risk,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jeff Richards of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG). “HHS-OIG agents will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to investigate providers who loot the Medicare Trust Fund.”

Glover-Wing faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison on the conspiracy to commit health care fraud charge, up to 10 years in prison on the health care fraud charges, 3 years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000, the Attorney's Office revealed.

Dr. Gary M. Wiltz and Dr. Charles H. Louis were each acquitted on their charges in the indictment. Judge Robert R. Summerhays presided over the trial.

The case was investigated by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General and Federal Bureau of Investigation, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelly P. Uebinger, Danny Siefker, and Lauren L. Gardner.