Guilty Plea in Cleveland Hospice Fraud Case

Chicot Memorial

CLEVELAND, MS (Ben Caxton) — A former Mississippi hospice owner has pleaded guilty to making fraudulent hospice claims to federal insurers. Charlene Brandon of Cleveland pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Greenville to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, admitting that she submitted nearly $12 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare and nearly $3 million to Medicaid while running Haven Hospice, North Haven Hospice, Lion Hospice and North Lion Hospice. A 2017 indictment alleged she engaged in fraud for nearly a decade. Brandon faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. The government also wants Brandon to forfeit illegal gains and make restitution. Brandon’s former marketing director, Roesha Sanders of Shelby, pleaded guilty earlier this year to making a false statement to Medicare. She was sentenced to 3 years’ probation and ordered to pay $23,825 in restitution. Dr. Scott Nelson, Wendell Brandon, and Annette Lofton remain under indictment in the case. Also cited as conspirators are three others convicted earlier – former Grenada hospice owner Sandra Livingston, her patient recruiter Lara Lynn Thompson and former Cleveland hospice owner Andre Kirkland. Brandon will be sentenced in January.



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