The government and counsel for a man indicted in a massive Medicaid fraud case originating in Roanoke Rapids and Ahoskie are working on an agreement that would avoid a trial in the case.
The man’s wife, originally scheduled for sentencing this month, has had her sentencing date moved to the April 6 term of court in Wilmington after an objection to her pre-sentencing report was filed, according to federal court records.
Timothy Mark Harron through his counsel filed a motion for an extension of time and motion to continue his arraignment, which is now scheduled for the April term of court. The arraignment had been scheduled for March 15.
“Undersigned counsel remains in ongoing communication with the government regarding pretrial matters and plea negotiations,” the motion for time extension and continuance says. “Therefore, defense counsel requests that (the) defendant’s pretrial motions filing deadline be extended and arraignment be continued to allow additional time to fully confer with both the government and defendant in hopes of reaching a non-trial resolution.”
Meanwhile, in the case of Mr. Harron’s wife Latisha, the objections to her pre-sentencing report were not available for public inspection.
In November Mrs. Harron pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and aggravated identity theft.
She further agreed to forfeit the proceeds of her crimes.
Those proceeds included up to $13,396,921.64, a British Aerospace BAE 125-800A aircraft, a 2017 Aston Martin DB 11 sports car, a 2016 Ford F-150 Supercrew pickup, real property held in the name of Assured Healthcare Systems in Hertford County, real property located in Charles County, Maryland, as well as various other items of designer jewelry and luxury items seized from the defendant’s penthouse condominium in Las Vegas.
According to court documents, Mrs. Harron, also known as Latisha Reese Holt, 44, originally from Eastern North Carolina, admitted to conspiring with her husband to carry out a massive fraud upon the North Carolina Medicaid Program by billing the government for fictitious home health services.
According to the charges, Mrs. Harron created, and was operating, Agape Healthcare Systems, which the government has described as an alleged Medicaid home health provider in Roanoke Rapids.
To enroll Agape as a Medicaid provider, Mrs. Harron fraudulently concealed her prior felony conviction for identity theft.
In 2012, she and her husband moved out of North Carolina to Maryland.
Despite that move, Mrs. Harron continued to bill NC Medicaid as though Agape was providing home health services to North Carolina recipients.
In May of 2017, Mrs. Harron moved to Las Vegas to live with her husband. They married in 2018.
Mr. Harron was also a previously convicted felon, a fact the government alleges was concealed from NC Medicaid on enrollment documents.
Mrs. Harron pleaded guilty to allegations that she and her husband then worked together to expand the Agape fraud upon NC Medicaid, by fraudulently billing the program for more than $10 Million, just in the period between 2017 and 2019.
Mrs. Harron admitted that she and her husband carried out the fraud by exploiting an eligibility tool that was entrusted only to NC Medicaid providers.
Specifically, the Harrons searched publicly available sources, such as obituary postings on the internet by North Carolina funeral homes, to locate recently deceased North Carolinians.
The government has said Mrs. Harron admitted that she and her husband carried out the fraud via the internet from locations around the globe, including their corporate office building in Las Vegas, their penthouse condominium in Las Vegas, a corporate office in North Carolina, and from various hotels and luxury resorts in and outside of the United States.
The conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and wire fraud carries a maximum punishment of up to 20 years in prison.
The aggravated identity theft count carries a maximum punishment of not less than nor more than two years in prison consecutive to other sentences while the conspiracy to commit money laundering carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.