Baltimore Residents Charged with Medicaid Fraud to Obtain Prescription Drugs
Fraud, theft, conspiracy and drug distribution among the charges
Baltimore, MD (April 6, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today the indictments of Baltimore residents Melissa Wee, 30, and Crystal Loyd, 33, by the Grand Jury for Anne Arundel County. The indictments allege that, from July 2009 to June 2010, Wee and Loyd submitted claims for payment to Medicaid for fraudulently obtained prescription drugs.
Both Wee and Loyd were charged with one count each of Misdemeanor Medicaid Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Misdemeanor Medicaid Fraud, Felony Theft and Conspiracy to Commit Felony Theft. Wee alone was also charged with Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance.
Medicaid is a health care program for families and children and certain other individuals who qualify based on income levels, disability and certain other circumstances. Misdemeanor Medicaid Fraud and Conspiracy are each punishable by up to three years incarceration and up to a $50,000 fine. Felony Theft (Over $1,000) and Conspiracy are each punishable by up to 10 years incarceration and up to a $10,000 fine. Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance is punishable by up to 5 years incarceration and up to a $15,000 fine.
A criminal indictment is merely an accusation of wrongdoing and all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent unless and until the State proves the individual guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. No court dates have been scheduled yet. The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Maryland Attorney General's Office.