A man charged in a multimillion dollar Medicaid fraud case will have his arraignment in March in Wilmington, according to federal court documents.
His wife will have her arraignment on November 18 in Wilmington, according to a notice filed this morning.
Latisha Reese Harron’s arraignment is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. while Timothy Mark Harron’s arraignment is scheduled for March 15 at 10 a.m.
The Harrons will appear before United States District Judge Richard E. Myers II.
The couple face federal fraud counts which had their roots in Roanoke Rapids through Agape Healthcare Systems and Assured Healthcare Services in Ahoskie.
The fraud, according to previous court documents and a statement from United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert J. Higdon Jr. the fraud was carried out in the amount of $13 million.
In another recent development in the case, Myers last month approved an order regarding the government’s disclosures in the case.
The government has reported to the court that discoverable material amounts to more than a terabyte of data and is maintained in various electronic and physical formats. The data contains various items subject to redaction including names, addresses, dates of birth and Medicaid ID numbers. “To expedite the flow of discovery and progress the case, the government shall produce discovery to the defendant, through counsel, in an unredacted form ... ,” the order says.
The material is not to be distributed to any individuals, organizations or entities other than members of legal staff or defense counsel. “Due to the sensitive nature of the discovery material and the need to protect the identities and financial security of victims, defense counsel shall at no time be permitted to leave any copies of the discovery material in the possession of the defendant, regardless of the defendant's custodial status.”
Nothing in the stipulation and order prohibits the media from obtaining copies of any items that become public exhibits at any conference, hearing, trial, or other proceeding.
The Harrons were named in a 75-count indictment charging them with the following:
54 counts of wire fraud, each of which carry a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison
6 counts of aggravated identity theft, each of which carry a maximum punishment of not less than, nor more than, 2 years in prison consecutive to other sentences
Conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison
11 counts of conducting transactions in criminally derived property with fraud and money laundering, which carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison.
Mrs. Harron is also charged with making false statements relating to healthcare matters, which carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison.
Higdon said in a statement released in May the case represented “one of the most brazen and egregious cases of home health Medicaid fraud ever seen in this district.”
The indictment alleges a fraud that funded what Higdon called a gluttonous, social media-marketed lifestyle — one filled with private jets, penthouses and luxury resorts.
He said at the time, “Most reprehensible is the fact that this crime is alleged to have been carried out on the backs of our most vulnerable: the poor, the deceased, the elderly, and the disabled.”
The Harrons had taken up residency in Las Vegas after marrying in 2018, but continued running the alleged scheme across the globe, Higdon’s motion on Mr. Harron’s detention said.
Higdon said the fraud had been ongoing since at least 2013, and was committed from around the world, including Nevada, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, French Polynesia, Tahiti, the Dominican Republic, and other locations.