Nurses Plead Guilty to Separate Charges of Misprision of a Felony and Health Care Fraud

Nurses Plead Guilty to Separate Charges of Misprision of a Felony and Health Care Fraud

Caren Battalgia, age 50, of New Orleans, pled guilty Thursday to one count of misprision of a felony. Suprenia Washington, age 60, of New Orleans, also pled guilty to one count of health care fraud in.

On March 12, 2015, Battalgia and Washington were indicted along with 19 other defendants in a 26-count indictment charging approximately $30,052,295 in Medicare fraud.

WASHINGTON was a Registered Nurse and Battalgia a Licensed Practical Nurse at Abide Home Care Services, a home health company operated by owner Lisa Crinel. Battalgia’s and Washington’s guilty pleas involved their alleged care for Medicare beneficiaries, falsification of documents and failure to notify officials of the ongoing health care fraud at Abide.

Washington faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release following imprisonment. Battalgia faces a maximum term of imprisonment of three years, a $250,000 fine, and one year of supervised release following imprisonment. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan set sentencing for both defendants on February 8, 2017.

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