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In-home care provider faces fraud charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An in-home health care services provider has been indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with defrauding Medicaid out of millions of dollars.

Shida Jamie, 56, of Charleston, who operated a business called Golden Heart In-Home Care LLC of St. Albans, was the target of a federal civil suit two years ago. The company also has offices in Clay and Montgomery.

That action alleged Jamie had failed to do proper background checks on employees. In the criminal indictment, she is charged with health care fraud, lying to investigators, falsifying records and engaging in illegal monetary transactions.

Federal authorities seized the assets of Jamie in 2010, including bank accounts and property on Parkwood Road and in Quarry Creek subdivision.

The new indictment directs the forfeiture of those properties and $2.5 million alleged to have been gained in improper billings. It also directs the forfeiture of a 2007 Mercedes Benz.  

According to the 18-count indictment, Jamie received millions of dollars from Medicaid to which she was not entitled. In addition, the indictment alleges Jamie sent out in-home employees who were not properly trained and who had been convicted of federal charges.

One of the agencies that contracted with Golden Heart for services was the Putnam County Aging Program.

Employee Linda Gray is named in the indictment as an "aider and abettor" although no criminal charges have been filed against her.

Shida Jamie's son, James, was originally named in the prior civil suit but was dropped from it after he cooperated with investigators and admitted he lied about his income, assets and role in the company.  

Shida Jamie's ex-husband, Clay physician Sharooz Jamie, was fined by the West Virginia Board of Medicine for engaging in wrongful billing that resulted in an overpayment of nearly $200,000 by an insurance company.

A year ago, the Putnam Aging Program, which received $3.5 million in Medicaid payments for services provided by Golden Heart, agreed to repay the 15 percent it had retained — $529,630. Most of the Medicaid payments went back to Golden Heart.

According to the Secretary of State's office, Golden Heart's business license was revoked in November.

Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cherylc@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.


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