Veronica Sharon Cunningham Arrested Due to a Federal Indictment Alleging Health Care Fraud

October 21, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on October 20, 2011 released the following:

“Richmond Woman Arrested for Health Care Fraud

RICHMOND, VA— Veronica Sharon Cunningham, 48, of Richmond, Va., was arrested today on an indictment charging her with health care fraud in connection with her operation of Community Neurological Services (CNS), a Richmond business that administered Intravenous Immune Globulin (IVIG) to patients suffering from immune deficiency disorders.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement, along with Michael F.A. Morehart, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Richmond Division; Jeannine A. Hammett, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation; Nick DiGiulio, Special Agent in Charge, United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, Office of Investigations; and Michael McGill, Special Agent in Charge, Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General.

A federal grand jury in Richmond indicted Cunningham on October 4, 2011 for 30 counts of health care fraud, eight counts of making false statements in health care matters, a single count of failing to file a tax return for the year 2006, a single count of filing a false tax return for the year 2005, and a single count using a fraudulently obtained Social Security number in interviews with federal agents regarding this matter. Cunningham faces a maximum penalty of 10 years on each of the health care fraud counts, a maximum penalty of five years on each of the health care false statement counts, a maximum penalty of 12 months on the failure to file tax return count, a maximum penalty of three years on the false tax return count, and a maximum of five years on the Social Security number count.

The indictment alleges that Cunningham regularly and systematically billed insurance companies and the Medicare and Medicaid programs for IVIG not actually administered. She also allegedly failed to a file tax return for the year 2006, falsely reported the gross income of CNS in her 2005 tax return, and used a fraudulently obtained Social Security number in an interview with agents during the investigation.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, and Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Michael C. Moore is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

Indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.”

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Ex-FBI Agent, Wife Plead Not Guilty in U.S. District Court in Richmond on an Alleged Federal Fraud Case

October 14, 2011

Canadian Business on October 13, 2011 released the following:

“By AP

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former FBI agent and his wife pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges related to a $1.3 million investment-fraud scheme.

John Robert Graves and Sara Turberville Graves of Fredericksburg appeared in U.S. District Court in Richmond. The two are charged with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and other fraud counts. John Graves also is charged with lying to federal investigators.

U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer set a three-day jury trial that will begin Feb. 7 for the couple, who declined to comment after the hearing.

John Graves, 52, founded the Brook Point Management investment and insurance company in 2003. He and Sara Graves, 44, used Brook Point to sell insurance, perform estate- and tax-planning services, and recruit and advise investment clients, the indictment said.

“In many instances, during the initial meeting with potential clients, John Graves told them he was formerly with the FBI, which reassured the potential clients about investing with him,” prosecutors said in the indictment.

Prosecutors allege that roughly between June 2008 and this past July, the couple misrepresented to about 11 clients the safety of their investments, and how the money would be used. According to the indictment, they used investor funds to purchase real estate in Spotsylvania County, pay credit card bills and dues for their timeshare, along with repaying earlier investors who requested access to their money.

Graves, a former FBI special agent, left the agency in 1999, prosecutors said. The two are free on personal recognizance bond.

The Virginia Financial Securities Fraud Task Force coordinated the investigation. The group is a partnership between criminal investigators and civil regulators to pursue complex financial fraud cases.”

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