Mount Holly woman charged in massive Medicaid fraud case

A Mount Holly woman was arrested and charged with defrauding Medicaid of more than $1 million in a year, a Department of Justice news release said.

Federal agents arrested Erika Holland, 41, on April 21 and charged her with numerous counts of fraud and money-laundering.

According to the indictment filed the day of her arrest in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, from 2009 to September 2010, Holland; Joanna Patronis, 39, of Cramerton; and Giraud Hope, 48, of Charlotte, submitted fraudulent Medicaid claims.

Holland and Patronis agreed to submit claims to Medicaid through Hope and Family Behavioral Resources, located in Charlotte, for services allegedly provided by Holland’s companies, the indictment alleges. Patronis agreed to do the same through her company, A Time For Everything, located in Cramerton.

Holland and her companies were not authorized by Medicaid to provide mental and behavioral health services, though she sought reimbursement for services she or her companies provided by fraudulently claiming they had been provided by Hope and Family Behavioral Resources and A Time for Everything. The group falsely stated on these Medicaid claims that a licensed clinician, identified as “Dr. L.D.,” had provided the services, and used Dr. L.D.’s Medicaid provider number to bill for services.

Actually, the indictment alleges, Dr. L.D. did not provide any of the services and had no professional association with Holland or her companies. Holland did not employ anyone licensed to provide the claimed services and, in many instances, Holland and her companies did not actually provide any of the services for which the group received more than $1.49 million in Medicaid payments.

Holland spent the money on a number of vehicles, including a 2003 Hummer HW, a 2007 BMW 750LI and a 2007 Infiniti QX56, the indictment said. Holland also purchased her Mount Holly home and a time share in Kissimmee, Fla., near Disney World, with that money.

Agents have seized these items.

Patronis pleaded guilty on April 18 to conspiring to commit health care fraud. She admitted in her plea that she helped defraud the government of more than $2.5 million, the Justice Department said. She agreed to forfeit $2.7 million in assets and nearly $50,000 in cash.

Hope also has pleaded guilty in the case and admitted he helped defraud the government of more than $1 million, the Justice Department said.

They face up to 10 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine.

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