Feds: Civil settlement with W.Va. health provider

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Federal prosecutors say an undisclosed settlement has been reached with an in-home health care provider and its owner who was accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $2 million from Medicaid.

Sixty-two-year-old Shida Jamie pleaded guilty earlier this month to a federal conspiracy charge.

The owner of Golden Heart In Home Care of St. Albans admitted altering and falsifying company records. Golden Heart provided in-home health care services to the elderly and disabled under a contract with Putnam Aging Inc., an authorized West Virginia Medicaid provider.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Tuesday the settlement resolves three civil actions against Jamie and Golden Heart by recovering assets that represented the fraud's proceeds.

Jamie faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced Jan. 16.