Hospice owner found guilty for fraud of $12m

A former Mississippi hospice owner Charline Brandon has pleaded guilty to making fraudulent hospice claims.

Brandon acknowledged submitting nearly $12 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare and nearly $3 million to Medicaid while she was running Haven Hospice, North Haven Hospice, Lion Hospice and North Lion Hospice. A 2017 indictment alleged she was engaged in fraud for nearly a decade. She faces up to 10 years in prison and $250k in fines.

Mississippi has been targeted by the Department of Health and Human Services after becoming the state with the most live discharges from hospice. The years-long, federal and state effort was dubbed Hospice Storm.

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