UPDATE: Golden Heart Director Sentenced to Nearly 4 Years in Prison

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 2/21/13
CHARLESTON, W.Va. The founder and executive director of a St. Albans-based in-home care business was sentenced Thursday to 46 months in federal prison.

In October, Shida Jamie, 63, owner of Golden Heart In Home Care), pleaded guilty to conspiracy in connection with a health care fraud investigation.

Jamie admitted that in or about August or early September 2009, she altered and falsified records and documents of Golden Heart.

Golden Heart specialized in providing in-home care services to the elderly and disabled under a contract with Putnam Aging Inc.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said, “Today’s sentencing underscores my office’s commitment to not only protect the nation’s health care services, but also to vigorously pursue the criminals who steal from it.”

In October 2012, the United States settled three civil cases that had been filed against Jamie and Golden Heart to recover losses associated with the fraud against Medicaid, to freeze assets to preserve them for restitution, and to forfeit assets derived from the proceeds of the fraud.

The civil settlement resolves all three civil actions by recovering all known assets of Jamie and Golden Heart which represent proceeds of the fraud.

The money derived from the settlement will be used to make restitution to Medicaid for the losses it sustained from Jamie and Golden Heart’s fraudulent conduct.

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The owner of an embattled in-home care business in St. Albans has admitted to federal conspiracy charges.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney's Office says Shida Jamie admitted to altering employee training documents at Golden Heart.

Prosecutors say this was to make it appear workers were up to state requirements so Jamie's business would receive medicaid reimbursement for care.

She faces up to five years in prison. Sentencing is set for January.

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