Bristol VA

UPDATE: Bristol, VA woman pleads guilty in Medicaid kickback case

Court: The trio bilked Medicaid of more than $300K

A Bristol Virginia woman is facing up to 10 years in prison following her guilty plea Friday to a healthcare fraud conspiracy involving her own disabled child.

Melissa Harr, 49, admitted that a worker who was supposed to care for her child at home, obtained Virginia Medicaid payments of more than $200,000 over five years.

Those were payments for work she did not do and instead, Harr admitted she was paid kickbacks.

Court records show the child, now an adult, suffers from intellectual and physical challenges, including cerebral palsy.

Harr also faces a potential $250,000 fine at sentencing May 19. She was remanded to prison Friday to await sentencing.

Her husband, Bryan Harr, and the health care worker, Deborah Branch, also of Bristol, have a trial set March 6 in the case.

 


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