SOUTH BEND – United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp, announced that Tiffany Thomas, 29, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced today for health care billing fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Thomas was sentenced to 61 months imprisonment and two years supervised release.
According to documents in the case, in 2014 and 2015, Thomas obtained prescriptions and medications including alprazolam, hydrocodone, promethazine and others fraudulently and then caused fraudulent billings and claims for reimbursement through Indiana Medicaid and other health care benefit programs. As part of the fraud scheme, the defendant caused fraudulent and phony prescriptions for medications to be called in and otherwise presented to pharmacies by persons pretending to be licensed doctors or the staff or licensed doctors. As part of the scheme, Thomas also fraudulently used the means of identification of others persons. Finally, Thomas also throughout the scheme sold and distributed the medications, including controlled substances that she obtained fraudulently.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and the State of Indiana Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The case was prosecuted by the Assistant United States Attorney Donald J. Schmid.